Born in Meppel, Netherlands
on November 20th, 1946 and grew up in the village of Staphorst.
As a child she loved drawing.
After secondary school she
started working in
a dental laboratory, but the love for drawing and painting was still
there. Advised by a previous teacher, who became a friend, she
evening courses in Zwolle
for a teaching qualification in drawing. This went very well and
halfway through the course she
to include a study for a design and technology qualification.
While still studying, she had been approached and was asked to
start teaching as a qualified teacher at secondary schools in
Den Hulst. Once she had tasted the art of teaching she left the dental
laboratory for a full time job at several secondary schools.
She moved to
Wageningen in 1970, where she is
still living today.
The growing love for drawing and
painting was shown by courses in Assendelfter painting (‘Old Country’
Dutch Painting [Bauernmahlerei]) by Jacque Zuidema en teaching the old
‘stipwerk’ in Ede
and Wageningen. During that period she also painted flowers etc. on
In the early 90’s, she changed to
watercolor painting. A difficult, but also
fascinating painting technique.
She has been a
member of the Gelders
Palet (association of artist in visual art) since its
founding in 1989 in Wageningen, and followed various courses and workshops
association in Watercolor and Etching.
Since a couple of years Ria teaches how to improve your skills in Watercolor to members of the club.
She often participated with lots of enjoyment in the
painting days of ‘Kleuren Palet van de Achterhoek’, with successes in
prize 2001); Anholt (Germany),
(1st prize 2003); Bronkhorst (2nd
prize 2006) and Vorden (2nd prize 2010)
From 2009 till 2015 she was a painting
member of the
AIB (Belgium Watercolor Society) in which a lot of well known
artists from Belgium
and The Netherlands participate.
She also participated in
(International) Workshops and Master Classes by well known Watercolor
Ron Ranson (England) in Ommen (1997); Tony van Hasselt AWS (USA) in
Steenwijk (2000); Enniscourthy, Ireland (2001 & 2004), New
(2002) and Provence, France (2007), Jan Velthuis (NL) in
(2003), Francesco Francese (USA) (2006); Stephen Quiller (USA) (2007),
Leuven Belgium, Greg Allen (Austr.) (2008)
van Vegchel (NL) (2009, 2013 & 2014) in Groesbeek (NL), Jacky Pearson (New Zealand)
(2010 & 2015) and Francesco Francese (USA) (2012) in Beek-Ubbergen (NL).
With the use of different
Watercolor techniques she creates
as well as
She has had exhibitions in
Zeddam, Staphorst, ’s-Heerenbergh, Ootmarsum,
Renkum and Wageningen.
She also decorates the
pottery, made by friend and
potter Gerrie Borreman and has done so for over 20 years.
Together they had an exhibition in Staphorst in
2004 where the welcomed ± 800 visitors during 3 days.