vanLIESHOUTstudio
  • My story begins in a small town near Amsterdam, where I was born on a dark and drizzly January day.
  • When I was young, I loved reading, drawing pictures and anything involving water. Like building boats...
  • ...and sailing to the end of the world.
  • When I was eight, I made my first book. It was filled with drawings of places in America I hoped to visit one day.
  • My American dream took off when I was accepted into the Communications Design program at George Washington University in DC.
  • It soared even higher when I became a graphic designer for the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum.
  • I enjoyed DC, which was magical when the cherry blossoms bloomed.
  • But it wasn’t until I traveled to San Francisco, with its cool blue bay and bright red bridge, that I knew this was where I wanted to live.
  • But my US Visa had expired. With a heavy heart, I put my American Dream on hold. and returned to Holland.
  • Determined to find my way back to San Francisco, I applied for a job with an American company in Holland.
  • I spent long days coming up with brand campaigns, and late evenings studying for my marketing degree.
  • My hard work paid off. I was promoted to Coca-Cola’s HQ in Atlanta. One step closer to San Francisco!
  • My job was coming up with ideas for new brands.
  • One happy day, an envelope arrived with the news I had been waiting for: my greencard had come through!
  • I married my Dutchman Peter and we moved to San Francisco!
  • The city by the bay inspires people live out their wildest dreams. Mine was to create picture books, so I wrote a story and sent it to a publisher.
  • But publishers receive thousands of submissions every day, and only a few get published. My story was rejected. So were the others I wrote.
  • I decided to learn what I could about storytelling. I wrote. I drew. I revised.
  • Eventually, my wild dream came true: my art and stories were accepted for publication! One story was about a journey to the end of the world.
  • For another, I drew the Tidal Basin and San Francisco.
  • Today, 15 picture books later, my illustration, writing and design work inspire each other: I draw words, write images and design stories.
  • I live with my husband and son near the San-Francisco Bay, where some of my favorite things are still reading, drawing, making books and anything involving water.