"self portrait"80 x 100 cm., oil/linen
1960 in Wervershoof, The Netherlands
The first paintings I was confronted with were the holy images in our church.
Every Sunday I would study them throughout the service.
The figures were so imposing and so real.
The rendering of the flesh and material were truer than life.
The fact that man had created them, intrigued me immensely.
This, combined with my early love for drawing made me decide to go to Amsterdam to study art.
Still today there is nothing that challenges me more than the painting of human beings.
During the summer holidays, as a child,
she always helped her father cutting the tulips in a dark shed.
Mary was not aware of the existing of summer holiday,
let alone the real meaning of "holiday"....