Jolanda Bakker – vd Ploeg is born in 1981 and raised in Middenmeer in the Netherlands, she currently lives in Schagen together with her husband and two children.
Jolanda gets her inspiration by being outside in nature, just when she was a child in Middenmeer; walking, kayaking or by boat. She makes pictures for inspiration. The small details of nature inspires Jolanda endless and also the beautiful colors and sunlight. She combines impressionism and more expressionism in her work, so she can create her own world from what she has seen into a homely atmosphere and harmonic and serene ambiance. Old fashioned but Modern, she paints loosely and colorfully. She is inspired by Matisse and David Hockney.
She uses professional acrylic paint of Lascaux because it dries fast and you can paint it in layers with bright colors.
She was always drawing and painting when she grew up and she attended painting courses. She was member of an art group for 9 years in Schagen. At the age of 30 she studied at the MIX Art Academy, Amsterdam Art academy for a period of 4 years. After the Academy she was coached by her former teacher of the Amsterdam Art academy to be a professional artist.
Mix Academy Amsterdam
Jolanda studied at the Mix Academy in Amsterdam during 4-years, from 2009 - 2013.
'The MIXacademy facilitates the discovery of the students ‘true self’ and guides the development of their own style through education. To be creative from within, not to enforce upon, but using what is already there and focusing on your strength. Everybody is unique in using their creativity.'