Hi and Welcome! I’m Mandy.

I’m a Dutch artist, art journaler and teacher and I am a passionate visual storyteller. It is in the stories we share that other people read or see a reflection of their own. It is through stories that we connect. That’s why I make art.

I help people use art and language to tell their stories and show them it is the stories we carry that make us unique. They determine how much we allow ourselves to heal. By looking at all of them, those in the light of our lives and those tucked away in the shadows, we can find strength, healing, joy, relief and confidence.

People talk a lot, but opening up to the essentials is something altogether different. In our own unique visual language we can do so safely. And I go to any length to help people do so, because…

“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”

Read more about Storytelling in Art and about my story

Latest Blog Posts

a Tanka illustrated: #6 every day raindrops…

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...

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Some collage practise and weekend inspiration

It's time for a little bit of weekend inspiration and an update on what I've been working on. The past week I've been practising my collage skills. Inspired by the work of Sara Fanelli, I finally got started on a collage journal, something I'd been...

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a Tanka illustrated: #5 So high…

I'm still working on my series of illustrated Tanka. I searched for a way to combine writing poetry with my art work for years and now it feels like I've found it. The more I write, the more ideas are growing, the harder my fingers are itching. I made some...

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Storytelling with Tanka + Illustrated Tanka#4

English translation of the Tanka: four paws are walking to the horizon with me I never get there no matter how much concrete slides past under my two feet Storytelling is majorly important in art Without a story, art is basically just a pretty (hopefully!)...

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a Tanka illustrated: #2 For those willing to see…

I'm still writing and illustrating Tanka's. Partly in preparation of my LIVE workshop on 9 December - for which there are still a few seats available, see the link below - and partly because I'm working on a series. One of my latest Tankas is this one....

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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.”