The Field at ASC Gallery

I had a great time at the PV/ opening party of our first group show of the year, organised by Sarah Tew.  We managed to get a piece of work by every first year MFA student at Slade and fit it comfortably in the gallery.  It was a great turnout, and really...

Hiraeth Storytelling Event

I'll be participating in this event. Hiraeth Magazine is teaming up with Butcher's Tears to host an evening of poetry, storytelling and art celebrating light. Th event is open to the public, but those interested in participating by sharing a story or poem can sign up...

Art exhibition at Thuyskamer

Hilde Atalanta and Monica Perez Vega Opening party: June 25th 16.00 - 19.00 I'll have six new pieces showing at Thuyskamer alongside artist, Hilde Atalanta from 25 June- 25 November 2017. Thuyskamer is a gorgeous little concept shop and cafe in the heart of Amsterdam....

Slade School of Fine Art

Thrilled to finally pursue my MFA beginning September 2017. "At the Slade School of Fine Art we approach the practice of contemporary art and the history and theories that inform it in an experimental, research-oriented and imaginative way. An art school with a world...

Interview with Hiraeth Magazine

https://soundcloud.com/hiraethmagazine/hiraeth-ep-2-meet-the-team-part-2 In this episode, I talk about my own journey and how, in life, sometimes we are forced to take the passenger seat and just enjoy the ride, and she relates the layers of my paintings to the layers...

Hiraeth Magazine Podcast

Have you heard about my latest project?  Together, with a group of artists and writers in Amsterdam, I started a magazine about home and migration.  I was inspired to do something in reaction to the refugee crisis and the growing xenophobia in my homeland and adopted...

Dance and Draw Workshops

I've teamed up with dance instructor Wendy Grin to host a few Dance and Draw art workshops in which we investigate movement through different visual and performing arts.  The first workshop was inspired by Matisse, the second by Giacometti.  Each class we divided the...

Amsterdam Art Project

In 2008, before I ever even worked as a high school art teacher, I prepared an art lesson for my dad's 5th grade class to share a bit about my life in Amsterdam.  In my five years at ISH and still to this day, it is one of my favorite projects, and I am asked back...

Still Life Painting with Kids

On a recent rainy-day playdate, my 7 year old chose to do a painting workshop with her friend (also 6/7 years old) at the art studio.  For this special little class, I printed off pictures of flowers (working with what I had) and drew three examples of vases to give...

March Art Social 2014

It was a gezellig avond at Studio 30a for this month's Art Social.  Everyone had unique ideas, however some had no idea and took to my books to find an image to work from.  Check out the amazing work of a few budding painters!   See more photos from previous Art...

February Art Social 2014

Everyone was a beginner and yet created lovely artworks.  In between drying times, we sipped wine and chatted.    Everyone worked from their own unique ideas and reference images.  It was casual and a lot of fun. See more photos from the...

Art Social

A casual painting workshop for adults of all skill levels, every 3rd friday 7-10pm.

MFA- First Term Summary

As we wrap up for winter break, here's a little look back at my first term at grad school. I've never been great at keeping a sketchbook. Rather, I've got bookmarks, word docs, and powerpoints; a notebook here, a sketchbook there.  I've got articles,...

Building Birch Trees

Ever since I started painting "birch-like" trees, I've been wanting to try and build them 3-d.  I build these trees with layers of paper.  My favourite part is ripping back through the layers- like peeling bark. In relation to my Hiraeth project, I began to see the...

Painting with Tape

What is it about tape? Its like a temporary fix to a problem. It is the thing that often gets left behind- showing history of wear; industry; story.     There is also a contemporary use of tape like Japanese "Washi tape," in which one can get in any colour or pattern...

Commission Stories: Magere Brug or Skinny Bridge

Shay saw my painting, "When the Tourists Go Home" and was inspired to get a unique gift for her friends who were moving back to America after living in Amsterdam for ten years.  She said this couple lived in the Oost and commuted daily over the famous Magere Brug (or...

Commission Stories: A Tale of Two Flowers

Once upon a time there was a Tulip.   This Tulip was beautiful and strong, always facing towards the sun.  She grew in spite of the ever-changing seasons and stood fast against strong, shifting winds.     Her roots climbed against steep cliffs, yet sank into rocky...

Commission Stories: Parasites

My abstract work is about the organic, and  I often refer to my art as an ambigous lens on nature.  They could be macro views of aerial landscapes or micro snapshots of organic beings.  So it comes at no surprise that one would see parasites in my work and ask for a...

Commission Stories: Jen

This painting was a birthday present for Jen and started out as an abstract piece.  Somewhere along the line, though, I got annoyed with the painting and decided to do her portrait.  I don't know why, and I don't know if she would have preferred an abstract painting,...

Commission Stories: Wayne and Terry

  I grew up across the street from Terry and Wayne.  Their daughter, Jennifer, was my childhood best friend, and they were like second parents to me.  I remember sleepovers, swimming, and backyard adventures.  Wayne falling asleep on the couch to Star Trek reruns....

Commission Stories: When the Tourists Go Home

When the Tourists Go Home | Oil and acrylic on canvas | 50x60 cm | 2009 "When the Tourists Go Home...." Something different for me! This was painted for a couple of Canadian expats. Danielle commissioned this for her fiance, Bryan, as a Christmas present in 2009. We...