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Anniek Verholt
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Anniek Verholt, born in 1979 in Doetinchem, the Netherlands, has a great interest in the effects of art on our wellbeing. After her Art therapy studies (BA) in Leiden, the Netherlands, she worked as a therapist in Greece. Inspired by the light and beauty of this country she created a large number of art works, which she exhibited in various locations in Greece and the Netherlands.

In 2003 Anniek was awarded a scholarship to do an MA in Fine Arts at the University of Sunderland, UK. Some weeks later she was introduced to the glass department at the University. It was love at first sight! She felt incredibly drawn to the creative process of glass making and applied for a transfer to this department. She successfully completed her MA Glass course in 2004. She continues to work with lots of enthusiasm and is fascinated by the versatile nature of this material.

In London she became a member of the ‘National Network for Art and Health’, and organisation that stimulates further research and activities related to Art and Health. This organisation represents her field of interest and offers a perfect way of combining her background as an art therapist with her ideas and work as a visual artist.

Anniek’s aim is to create artworks that have a positive effect on the environment and the viewer. Her work often represents her research into topics related to philosophy such as ‘Essence’ and ‘the Self’ but also topics related to cultural diversity and ancient civilisations.

The colours and themes of her work are picked carefully in order to create a mood that can stimulate a positive state of mind. Anniek has carried out extensive research into the effects of colour on our wellbeing and integrates this knowledge into her work.

She exhibits internationally and designs tailor made art works for private interiors and businesses that are interested in transforming the energy of the space they work or live in.

Anniek’s classes:

Abstract-and-Open-Painting on Monday evenings

Abstract and Intuitive Painting for beginners on Monday afternoons

Children’s Painting and Drawing (ages 10+) on Saturday mornings

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