Welcome, I’m Mandy.
I’m a Dutch artist, teacher and a passionate visual storyteller.
It is in our stories I feel we share something universal in which others read or see a reflection of their own. It is through stories that we connect. That’s why I make art and why I help people use art and language to tell their own.
By looking at our stories, those in the light of our lives and those tucked away in the shadows, we can find strength, healing, joy, relief and confidence. In our own unique visual language we can do so safely.
My work is personal. “What’s wrong with being personal anyway? Whatever else anything is, it ought to begin by being personal.”
– Meg Ryan in “You’ve got Mail”
Latest Blog Posts
Lori's gift Do you remember that last September Lori sent me this wonderful Altoid / chewing-gum-package test kit of M. Graham watercolor paints? Here's the little video I made about it back then: Thank...read more
I've just finished this week's illustrated Dear Diary mini-journal and I can't help loving this super simple process of recording my days. I really like working within limitations because it makes me boil things down to the essence and that helps simplify life...read more
Last Summer I went on a holiday to France travelling light. I had only brought some Bruynzeel Design watercolor pencils with me. But, as it goes, when I was in an art store, I wanted to buy something new as a souvenir from France. I chose to supplement my travel-set...read more
Do you keep track of your days? And if so, how do you do it? Should you love the idea, but have no idea how to do it or need some inspiration to do it, at the bottom of this post you will find a big bunch of videos and links to inspire you. I'm finally keeping track...read more
Dear readers, we've come to the end of this year...already! Time is rushing by so fast I feel its velocity might toss me off the planet sometimes. Gosh...almost 2018 already! High time to review, look ahead and fuel our minds with a little, or no...a lot of...read more
Summer has fallen and my Tanka couldn't but follow... English translation of the Tanka: every day raindrops on the map - it's sunny now beckoning me out but I find my feet frozen in the work I have to do The skies have turned a dull kind of heavy and...read more
David Bowie on expression: “There, in the chords and melodies, is everything I want to say. The words just jolly it along. It’s always been my way of expressing what for me is inexpressible by any other means.”