I was born in the south of the Netherlands, in the city of Breda, in 1966. The first pictures I took was at age 18 with my brother’s camera, the second I saw them after getting them developed I was hooked. I had to get my own camera and pursue my new passion. In 1988, after the birth of my eldest son I moved to Amsterdam with my husband and gave birth to four more children in the coming years. I took up a study History at the University of Amsterdam. At that time it didn’t occur to me that I could become a professional photographer, and I chose a study that I’m still very much interested in and take my advantage of. In 2002, after meeting some important figures such as Herman Hoeneveld and Suzanne Dechert who believed strongly in my work (the first being an editor at PF Magazine and the other being the director of the Melkweg gallery at the time) I decided to start my own business in photography, and since then I’ve had a lot of exhibitions and publications.
At the age of four I was confronted with my mother’s death. The sudden loss of a beloved family member affected me deeply, even at such a young age. Ever since I have been fascinated with how we cope when we lose those close to us. What happens when our dreams or fantasies are destroyed, what makes life bearable after those tragic moments and do we find reconciliation in the end?