The sculptor was born in 1948 in the Netherlands. She started her artistic career in 1988. She found her inspiration and topics during numerous trips to Africa, Europe, Central and South America. Her models were residents of the visited regions of the world. The magnificent, full of dignity images of men and women, reflect the respectful fascination with different cultures and everyday life of the local population. Characteristic for her work is attention to detail and the desire to show the uniqueness of every human being.
The artist’s work has been repeatedly appreciated and awarded: her sculpture depicting a woman – a refugee – is located at the headquarters of the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) in Rome. The Dutch post has immortalized one of her works on a postage stamp. And the crowning achievement of the already completed artistic career was the silver medal in the sculpture category, at the 9th Biennale in Florence in 2013.
Currently, together with her husband Hans, she runs the Watoto Samburu foundation providing medical and educational help to members of the African tribe of Samburu.