In 2006, I entered the "Inspired by Rembrandt competition, conducted by Radio Netherlands. I had only just begun to really paint. I attended a Painting for Beginners Class, at Hazelhurst Art and Community Centre. Not so much to take part in the lessons but to obtain advise from the teacher. It worked out very well.
The competition motivated me too. I used a photograph, taken of me, in front of the entrance to the town-hall of Gouda for the self-portrait.
I highlighted the ‘lamp’ above my head, to make a connection with the way Rembrandt used light to in his paintings.
The photo was taken in daylight and, of course, the light was not really on.
The town hall, in Gouda, the Netherlands, remains, to me the symbol of where I come from.
It is where my parents were married, in 1943. It is symbolically, where my presence, in the world was registered.
It is for me, the focus of my family history.