At the age of 8, I visited with my father the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. In the first room I was stunned. A large white swan flew towards me. This was magic. For hours my father had to pick me up that day; the paintings were all too high for a little girl like me, but this visit to the "Rijks" awakened something in the depths of my being that has never disappeared. Later at the Utrecht High School for the Arts, I took sculpture lessons given by Jan van Luijn. In that early period I mainly worked with clay; after which the statues were cast in bronze. In 2005 I moved from Utrecht to Ulrum. A smal village in Groningen. It was a relief to live and work in one building. Around 2008 I was looking for a way to make my work more monumental. During that search I came across cortensteel. My first sculpture with cortensteel was a remake of a bronze torso of a woman. It made me clear that this material offered many opportunities to shape my work in a new way. The powerful monumental sculptures can be experienced differently from every point of view. From a distance, the lines and surfaces merge into one piece.