Text, Photography, web design: © Cissi Driessen
The 'Person Behind'
In 1987, at the age of 17 I started with my studies as a translator and interpreter in French, Spanish and Modern Greek at the University of Antwerp, which I completed in 1991 (master). I have also studied, lived and worked in Strasbourg, Salamanca, Thessaloniki and Milan.
As well as Taupe STUDIO, I carry out translation and interpreting work on request on a freelance basis, also in German, Italian and English.
'Happiness comes from Contentment' (Taupe STUDIO garden)
My inspiration: the art of being content
I am a content, grateful and happy person, I have a strong connection with people, nature and animals and I feel privileged to be able to take so much pleasure from the smallest, everyday things. That’s where I get my inspiration.
For my paintings, I work with acrylic on linen canvas and 45 mm thick aluminium frames. My work is abstract and my style is characterised by the thick paint, the large size and the sides of the canvas, which are also painted in detail.
I just created my first painting one day in 2010, I am an autodidact in every respect and I believe that, with self-confidence, willpower and simple hard work, anything is possible. When you put passion and commitment into something, it’s all great fun and good things come your way. My style developed naturally after that and the paintings now find their way to other countries too.
Choosing painting has meant there is hardly any stress in my life and I have plenty of time for other people. I want to create moments of happiness and inspire people to be mindful and live in the moment more, through a wonderful combination of colours and composition.
Making choices and scaling back
I am convinced that - by daring to make choices consciously and before it’s too late - we can have a lot of control over our lives and our own happiness. We just keep rushing on through our crazy, overfull society, where there is too much of everything. We are always busy but can't see the fact that we ourselves are the cause of this. We derive most of our identity from what’s on the outside.
I think this is largely because of the internet and social media, but we ourselves want to keep too many plates spinning too. It has caused a lot of stress and superficiality, which means that we don't pay enough genuine attention to one another, our children and the things we do.
I believe in a life closer to nature and in scaling back: being content (with less), finding peace in yourself and your own home, moments of calm spent together at the dinner table, live and let live, in short: quality over quantity.
By living my life in a positive and disarming way and passing this on to others, I try to inspire people to do the same wherever possible. If we could all be a little bit friendlier and mild, do more for each other and accept each other as we are, everything around us would immediately seem so much brighter. A smile or just a little compliment, you'll see that it spreads like wildfire and you get twice as much back. Karma!
"ALL CHILDREN ARE ARTISTS. THE PROBLEM IS HOW TO REMAIN AN ARTIST WHEN YOU GROW UP" (Picasso)