Losing my mom has had an enormous impact on my life. She was 50 when she died; I had just turned 25. She has been ill for 5 years with hereditary ovarian cancer BRCA1. It was confronting to turn 50 myself and to be older than she ever was when she died.

Missing her in many significant stages of my life has really changed my life. Her absence remains a hole in my life. When I look at my daughters now, I have three; I realize how difficult it must have been for her to let go of her daughters. To say farewell was so heartbreaking.

I have had my own company for three years, I am an artist and graphic designer, and I create both free work and commissioned work.

In addition to my paintings, I also make unique bronze memorial statues.

I am 58, but 10 years ago, I felt the same; I try to hold on to that feeling.


Emotion and feeling are cast in bronze, a beautiful and durable material. My figurines represent important events in life. They symbolize celebrating life or can provide comfort and support in losing a loved one. My style is recognizable and characteristic. The female figures are central; elongated, slender, and vulnerable but also proud and strong.

I am 56, but 10 years ago, I felt the same; I try to hold on to that feeling. The best part of getting older is that I know myself much better and feel better about what is suitable for me and what is not. I trust my qualities more. And that my life experiences are now also my wisdom and strength.

styling Dayenne Bekker

Makeup and hair Esther van Maanen

This community originated from my love for photography, fashion, lifestyle, and consciousness. After I turned 40 I started to miss inspiring websites with coolness and authenticity towards aging.