'The Girls' is a serie of paintings I made as a tribute to strong and sensitive girls.
People who can feel deeply (also called highly sensitive persons) are often misunderstood by the world around them. Sensitivity can be seen and used as a strength but is not always experienced like this, rather as a weakness. That can be tough to deal with. Especially since we have the desire to be accepted for who we are; to be seen, to be heard, to be felt and to be loved.
Deeply sensed emotions when expressed may lead to beautiful art, like: music, films, dance and paintings.
The girls in the portraits; Max, Baby, Tokyo, Kristen and Angel, not only experience a strong innerlife but also show you their inner strength. If you take the time to look a bit longer and more close to the paintings there is a whole world you may discover. I tried to combine and balance different feelings and energies, like sadness and happiness, love but also rage. I see emotions like diverse stages in nature. That can be experienced as intense and wild sometimes, but when you realise their temporary nature it is not something you have to worry about. You can just let it be and might even use your abilities as a force to create or do something extraordinary. That can be very fulfilling for yourself and others.
With this serie of portraits I hope to encourage you to be and come as YOU ARE. I wish for you to live your dream, to make your own choices, to get inspired and inspire others, to love and to enjoy this (sometimes crazy but) MAGICAL live.