I was born in Berkeley, California in 1970 and have lived and worked as an artist in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, since 1995. My first studio was in the Amsterdam Nieuwmarkt neighborhood, the same area where Rembrandt lived and painted. Inspired by this incredible history, I painted realistic portraits in oil paint and learned as much as I could about traditional painting techniques. In 2015, after completing more than 130 commissioned artworks, including sixty works for the permanent collection of the Amsterdam Jewish Historical Museum, I began to feel a deep desire to take my work to the next level.
To help myself reach this goal I enrolled in the full time studio art program at Wacker's Academie. Working with the well known artist Sam Drukker as my mentor I started a body of work in which I paint guns to look like landscapes. As the wife of a soldier, the violent nature of humans is an unavoidable topic in my life. In these "Gunscapes" I attempt to strip guns of their inherently violent function by abstracting them and transforming them into something else.
A short film about my graduation work from Wacker's Academie 2019
In front of a large Gunscape painting.
At Galerie de Beuken in Laren with three Ovum paintings, 2019
Group exposition Figurative Now! in De Boterhal, Hoorn, 2019
A selection of works created with Ram Katzir currently at the Amsterdam Jewish Historical Museum.
Copyrights Ram Katzir.