In 1997, I got a PhD in History. Worked in research and teaching for a while, then decided that I would follow my calling and study art. I became infected with the art bug when I was 10 years old. My school organized a Karel Appel show. The Appel paintings bowled me over completely, as the hung there from our classroom walls, pulsating and vibrating with color and meaning. I graduated with honours from Fotoacademie Amsterdam in 2007 and am working as an independent artist since.