I was deeply moved by her final blog post. Indeed I’ve been moved by many of her thoughtful and inspiring posts over the years.
She wrote a book entitled Chocolate Rain which was published in German and in English. It contained one hundred ideas for a creative approach to activities in Dementia care (published by Hawker Publications, London, 2011).
She believed passionately that ‘art is a gift, not a commodity’. She wrote “while we as artists need to survive, a central question in my creative life is how to keep the gift element alive in my work and life. And also, more recently, how to counteract the widespread conviction that unless sold as a product, art has no intrinsic worth”.
She worked for over 15 years as a healthcare artist in Holland.
She was a wonderful colourist and a gifted calligrapher. Mostly, I was impressed by her deep understanding of art, how she studied and learned from other artists and how she generously shared her knowledge through her blog Art Calling. She had recently finished a second book, this time about socially engaged arts.
So sad to read that she passed away, a beautiful email card from her grieving husband Rende Zoutewelle.
…and we talked about writing Haikus. Here’s one that I started and she finished.
nine seagulls wheeling
high above the clothesline
white sheets yearn to fly
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis