La Reine

Born in: The Netherlands
Lives in: Macharen, The Netherlands
Media: Painting, Sculpture, Poetry
Describe your art in three words: Positive, colorful emotional
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Floating - Noir de Mazy stone

"For 20 years, I worked in a high school, teaching students painting and sculpture. Now, I work in my studio and teach both men and women the techniques of making sculptures."

Little tower in Liempde - Pen drawing
Kingfisher - Bronze sculpture
People moving and dancing - Acrylic on canvas
What themes does your work involve?
My three-dimensional work usually focuses on people. People fascinate me in all their movements and body language, and this fascination is reflected in my work in stone or bronze. Rooted in realism, I engage in a battle with the stone or wax material. While working with the material, I can convey the associations that come to mind, utilizing the feelings, impressions, and relationships that develop with the stone.
Describe your creative process.
With my images, I look at the stone and see which figure is already within it. Then, I just have to remove the excess material, sand, and polish the work nicely. The movement of people is paramount in my paintings. I can let go of the constraints of reality and paint from my heart; the inspiration flows out and is reflected in the painting.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
The colors and my feelings serve as my inspiration for my three-dimensional work, with Rodin being a major influence. I create art because the inner urge to create is so strong within me that I must act on it. A day without working on my art is a day wasted.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Good art is art that touches you and evokes emotion.
What is the role of the artist today?
I have chosen art because I can put my feelings into my artwork. Art must be in society, and one can never start early enough to bring art into their life. It can be as essential as eating and drinking.


This interview was published by Circle Foundation of the Arts. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist

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