De Gooise Academie in Laren, Holland. I’ve always loved portraits, and painted many over the ensuing years whilst also enjoying painting still-life and horses in movement.
Then everything changed after our 14yr old son died in 2001, after suffering from a complicated disease.
During his illness he found comfort and support from the Psalms in the Bible. Every night he would ask us to read one to him.
After he died I felt prompted to paint these prayers of David. The question was, how?
I didn't feel like painting abstracts as I wanted the paintings to invite the viewer to discover things within them by using recognisable symbols and figures.
It was quite a challenge putting images onto canvas with no literal subject matter to work from, but one I enjoyed rising to.
Initially, this work was a form of mourning for me, therefore it was a great surprise when people told me they loved the result – even asking whether they were for sale!
So far I have painted 25 Psalms.
Now a book of these painted Psalms has been published in The Netherlands, dedicated to our brave son Ephraim.