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April 6, 2020

Greek tragedy much? When theater group Al Dente asked me to...



Greek tragedy much? When theater group Al Dente asked me to design the poster for their upcoming #Oresteia performance, planned for late summer at the site of a graveyard in the old center of my hometown #Leiden, no one could have foreseen our lives would soon resemble a Greek tragedy, where we are fleeing from a virus much like #Orestes flees Troy from the Furies’ merciless wrath. The performance has been postponed until a time when we don’t have to shun each other. I hope to finish the poster once we have outsmarted the #Coronavirus. #lifeimitatingart (at Leiden, Netherlands)

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Published on April 06, 2020 09:57

January 31, 2020

Here we are, my Dutchman Peter, Max Pelle and I, cycling along...



Here we are, my Dutchman Peter, Max Pelle and I, cycling along the SF Bay. In my case, on my Dutch “Omafiets”. There isn’t a place I’d rather be, although I do miss Holland and our Dutch friends and family very much. And there isn’t anyone I’d rather be with than with those two goofballs… #autobiographics (at Alameda, California)

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Published on January 31, 2020 10:26

January 30, 2020

With my greencard in my back pocket, America was wide open to...



With my greencard in my back pocket, America was wide open to me! I married my Dutchman Peter by a lighthouse under a bridge in beautiful Newport, Rhode Island, we packed up our things and moved to the west coast to chase our dreams. In my case, that was drawing and telling stories. Swipe for a spread in the book Catching Kisses by @philomelbooks, where I illustrated the spot where Peter and I got hitched #autobiographics

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Published on January 30, 2020 09:04

January 29, 2020

One happy day, news arrived that I had been hoping for for over...



One happy day, news arrived that I had been hoping for for over a decade: my US greencard was approved! #autobiographics #immigrant #greencard

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Published on January 29, 2020 12:52

January 28, 2020

After four years of dreaming up brand campaigns by day and...



After four years of dreaming up brand campaigns by day and studying for my marketing degree by night, I was offered a job in new brand innovation at Coca-Cola’s head office in Atlanta. #autobiographics

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Published on January 28, 2020 19:56

January 27, 2020

After my US Visa expired, I returned to Holland determined to...



After my US Visa expired, I returned to Holland determined to find my way back to San Francisco somehow. I accepted a job with an American company. I spent long days dreaming up brand campaigns and late evenings studying for my marketing degree. #autobiographics #cocacolacompany #cocacolanederland

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Published on January 27, 2020 20:15

January 26, 2020

And my #toonme twin will play too.
#toonmechallenge...



And my #toonme twin will play too.

#toonmechallenge #toonmechallenge2020 #toonme2020 #cartoonme

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Published on January 26, 2020 00:12

OK. I’ll play #toonme #toonmechallenge...



OK. I’ll play #toonme #toonmechallenge #toonmechallenge2020 #toonme2020 #cartoonme

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Published on January 26, 2020 00:10

January 23, 2020

I had fallen head over cowboyboots in love with San Francisco,...



I had fallen head over cowboyboots in love with San Francisco, but my US Visa had expired. I wasn’t able to stay any longer. With a heavy heart, I packed my suitcase and booked a one-way ticket back to Holland. #autobiographics (at San Francisco, California)

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January 22, 2020

After finishing college in DC, I visited a friend in San...



After finishing college in DC, I visited a friend in San Francisco and it instantly became my muse. I had found my home. #sanfrancisco #goldengate (at San Francisco, California)

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Published on January 22, 2020 21:56