'Having grown up in close proximity to the Baltic Sea and thanks to my spirited parents, my three older brothers and I spent most of our youth sailing Scandinavia, something I now feel indelibly grateful for. It informed the many seascapes that I have painted over the years.
I have two sons; Keimpe and Tjalle, they are 20 and 17 years old, are pretty busy forging their own path and most certainly make me very proud. I have worked, traveled and lived in various countries, gaining depth as a person and a broad range of experiences as painting visual artist. It takes courage to change the wallpaper!'
Karin has a design and a teaching degree, a strong background in painting and illustration as well as teaching high school art and tutoring life drawing classes.
'I like to think I am a bit of a minimalist, I prefer to omit things and paint with a close eye on colours, on balance and a bit of quirk. I am also quite taken by water, the empty beaches of the New Zealand coastline and the raw elements. I am drawn to all that and seek to cement in my painted work how I find solace in solitude. Nothing excites me more than the wonders of this self-composed world. Herb, the black-backed gull was born out of a desire to depict my love of water and the ever-changing skies.'
Over the years Karin has been fascinated by the equally wonderful world of the more Gestural: Abstract Expressionism. Experimenting with inks, dyes, embossing, a bit of print-making here and there and at times shellac alongside acrylic paint.