January 29, 2011
I am finally getting to sending you this note that I intended to write following the holidays. Although a little late, it is no less
enthusiastic or sincere. You may recall when we met at the Empire State Plaza Craft show in December and I was so
moved by your work, and particularly with Mae. My husband Rob clearly knew how taken I was with the piece and
surprised me with this very special gift. Over the years there have been some wonderful surprises, but this is among my
Mae is centrally placed on an asian design marble table that came from the Orient many years ago. The sculpture is the
first thing I see when I come home every day and Mae gives me joy and a real sense of peace. Thank you for creating
such a beautiful work that brings me pleasure every time I look at it.
It is my hope to join one of your workshops sometime in the future, but my current work schedule does not afford me the
time. I will look forward to your periodic e-mails to stay informed and watch for a time when I can participate.
February 6, 2011
I just want to say THANK YOU again for being kind enough to tackle today’s garden statue class….. (and thank you for
doing all the preparation work so we could finish our statues in one day!). As always, it was great fun and I enjoyed every
minute, even the “frustrating” ones. I love the “little ladies” but have wanted to try making a garden statue since I first saw
the ones in your front yard. Now that I know the basics of how they are put together, I can’t wait to try another one ……
thankfully, we have a big yard and lots of gardens!
Weather permitting, I will to stop by your house on Wednesday between 12 and 2 to pick up “Wilhelmina” and bring her
February 22, 2011
Hi Wil, just wanted to thank you for your time yesterday, I loved visiting your studio! You are very generous with your
knowledge and creative ideas and that is not always the case in the art world. Your encouragement and inspiration is
contagious! I look forward to the mask class and may try to recruit a friend of mine to take it also. I will let you know
ahead of time if she wants to come along (if you have room for another student) . She shares my creative drive but has 3
children she is raising so doesn't get to exercise her creativity very often. I am sure she would love this stuff though.
Last night I formed a horse skeleton (it's running) with the wire! Step one! Maybe tonight I will have time to flesh it out with
the foil. I will show you my progress if you like, when I get something to look at! I also have in my head an idea to do a
horse head on the wall - like the masks - but I will have to think about how to make the form or mold first. Maybe with foil
and wire. I am quite familiar with the structure of horse anatomy since I grew up with them and have been drawing and
painting animals since childhood as well.
Ballston Spa NY
July 11, 2011
We are going to Vermont in August and hoped that we would see you again at the Hildene Crafts Fair. We had gotten
three of your lovely pieces of work. You had made a piece after my daughter's name Zoe. I am disappointed that we won't
get to see you again and/or perhaps buy more of your work. I want to let you know just how happy I am that we did get to
meet with you and forever we have your work surrounding us in our home. We love them. I wish you only the very best as
you return to the Netherlands. Again, thanks you for our treasures. Be well.
Patty and Zoe