Updated: Jun 3, 2020
Do you know that feeling, when someone asks you about your 'hobbies' and suddenly, you do not know what to answer? Which is actually strange, because when your alone and taking a shower, you can give speeches that even Barack Obama would be jealous of. To get to know me better, I dedicate this introduction to everything I like or love most in this world. Starting with my ultimate love: the Animal Kingdom…
Growing up near the forest...
The love for animals is probably part of my DNA, but also the result of my childhood. As you probably know after reading my biography, I grew up in the south of The Netherlands, also known as Brabant, in the village Oisterwijk, a town close to the city of Tilburg. Oisterwijk still plays a significant part in my artistic world, since this town is known for the presences of forests areas. Many tourists are coming for the famous fens, since these watery places form the perfect habitats for many animal species, like aquatic birds, deer, hare, fox and galliformes. Near this wonderful forests, you can also visit the moorland De Kampina. With 'wild', Icelandic horses and grazing cattle, I was always surrounded by animals. So, it will probably not surprise you that, especially I was younger, this all was kind of heaven to me. And, to be honest, still is.
Although I spend my childhood mainly in the forest, at our home, we had animals as well! I had three furry Golden Retriever friends, Jonas, Beau and Pinot, chickens, mice, fishes, rabbits and pets rats (in my opinion: one of the most underrated and loving pets you can find). My aunt and uncle, also living near the forest, owned horses, so I think you can guess where I spent most of my time…
I believe that now you understand where this love for animals came from. But, not only animals are on my radar of interest...
What I love most is...
- Fresh, green tea
- The song of a Common Blackbird
- An early, sunny morning in May
- Warm, summer evening light in July
- The cozy and charming feeling of the autumn in October
- A spooky atmosphere in December
- Frozen nature
- The smell of a fireplace in the evening when standing outside
- Singing birds in the early morning and late evening
- A calling owl in the night
- The sounds of the forest
- Spotting a deer in the early morning
- Looking to a calm fen with aquatic birds
- A knocking woodpecker
- The medieval sounds of horse shoes
- The sound of heavy church bells, even though I'm not catholic or religious at all
- Freshly cut grass
- Just watered plants
- Common swifts in June and July: the ultimate sound of summer
- Gucci Bloom
- Helping animals in need, even the smallest insects