About Carmen

the face behind the paintings & pictures . . .

Hi, I’m honored that you want to know more about me! I am a Dutch painter and photographer living in Belgium with my husband and our dachshund Tinus.
 
My professional life didn't follow a fixed, logical path: from lawyer and writer to photographer and painter. But the urge to be creative has always played a major role in my life. 
 
My painting adventure started in 1996, at first during my spare time, but it became more and more important. For several years I took painting lessons at Art Academy te Wildt (The Netherlands) and artist Mandy Nellestein.
 
The passion for photography was born in 2004 when I traveled to New Zealand. Photography quickly became more than a hobby. I studied Photography at the ''Fotovakschool" (The Netherlands).
 
Paint, pixels and pen
In 2015 I switched completely to the brush and camera. But I still write poems and short stories.
 
Everything comes together on this website: painting, photography and writing.

"Hopefully my love for nature lives on in my art"

Inspired by nature and traveling

Almost all my work is inspired by nature, from animals to beautiful landscapes and flowers. I enjoy it immensely, whether it is in my backyard or at a place far from home.

I prefer to use my own photographs as a reference for my paintings. This way I first experience the 'wow' moment when photographing a beautiful scene or animal and then I try to translate that moment into paint on the canvas.

Traveling is a passion I share with my husband. Our ultimate travel destination is a combination of nature and intimate cities or picturesque villages. My favorite places so far: Bolivia, Iceland, Namibia, New Zealand, Peru, South Africa and Yellowstone.