Mieke was born and raised in The Netherlands, she left her home country at the age of 19 to work for a few years as a tour guide, guiding walking trips in Austria. This is where she developed her love for nature and where she experienced a oneness, a connection from the heart to all that is, all creation.
From this place it is also where she starts to create her artwork, she uses different combinations of colour paints, mostly oils on canvas. While Mieke worked at the Netherlands Embassy for a number of years, a close colleague who became a friend and whom she shared a room with was an artist, they had long conversations about life and art, and this inspired her too, giving her ideas of which techniques to use etc. and her art developed from there.
That Mieke started to paint trees was a very intuitive decision, before she painted trees she was experiencing mostly with colours and abstract painting, in her own meditation practice Mieke often visualises trees and nature and one day she felt the urge to paint a tree and her heart made a little jump when she finished her Tree painting, this was the first of many more to come.
Her colourful Tree paintings radiate a positive and healing energy.
The concept of a Tree of life has been used in biology, religion, philosophy, and mythology. A tree of life is a common motif in various world theologies, mythologies, and philosophies. It alludes to the interconnection of all life on our planet and serves as a metaphor for common descent in the evolutionary sense.
The image of the Tree of life is also a favourite in many mythologies. Various forms of trees of life also appear in folklore, culture and fiction, often relating to immortality or fertility. These often hold cultural and religious significance to the peoples for whom they appear. For them, it may also strongly be connected with the motif of the world tree.
The tree of knowledge, connecting to heaven and the underworld, and the tree of life, connecting all forms of creation, are both forms of the world tree or cosmic tree, and are portrayed in various religions and philosophies as the same tree.
Mieke can custom make a tree for you if you have a desired colour scheme.