Virginie Kortekaas, Bouquet de Madelene
Virginie Kortekaas, Ectasy
Born and raised in the Netherlands, I moved to the U.S. at age 25. I worked diligently in a variety of fields and positions, and put myself through school, first earning three A.A. degrees at College of Marin, then a B.A. in Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley, and finally an M.A. in Education. I’ve always had a curious mind and love to explore new territories, subjects, and languages.
A few years ago, I rediscovered my childhood passion for creating beauty on paper. It still has the same therapeutic effect on me as it did when I was a little girl. I was fortunate to find Cara Brown, an exquisite Watercolorist. I started painting every Thursday with Cara and her talented group of women, known as “The Magnolias.” We’ve had three group shows at the Marin Center. My individual paintings have also been shown at the Marin County Fair, and at several venues in Sonoma County. I’m drawn to rich colors and textures, especially in nature, and find beauty in unexpected places and subjects. I set out to teach myself patience and trust in the process through this unpredictable and fascinating medium of watercolor. I don’t think I’ll ever stop learning or get bored.