T: As Cora grows older, she is becoming more aware of the changing of the seasons and tries to live her life in the same way. In winter Cora reflects and rests and when spring arrives it’s time for more energetic movements.

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When it comes down to making art, I work very intuitively. I never make sketches. My favourite tools are black markers and fineliners. I’ll put them on paper and let my flow lead the way. If a drawing has a certain element of ‘magic’ in it I will digitize it to make art prints, animations or surface designs for interior products, such as pillows, wall and floorcoverings. I use Adobe Illustrator for that. Recently I started making intuïtieve murals. I would love to do that more often in the future.

Sometimes the illustration itself is framed, but most of the time I look for a way to use my illustration as a print for products such as carpets, wall decorations, or services like animations to help people relax.

My major goal in all this, is to bring people soft and friendly energy. I feel that the way you see art, reflects how you see yourself and the world around you.

Let my flow lead the way

soft and friendly energy."

is to bring people

"My major goal in all this,

Personal journey

When I was 19, I discovered the work of Niki de Saint Phalle. She inspired me to help other people thrive. I’m a big admirer of Art Nouveau. I love it’s organic shapes and dynamic compositions. In my spare time I like to thrift shop, especially to scout objects with special typography or illustrations, like old tins, books or porcelain. They are a big inspiration for my work and life in general. You can learn a lot by looking at the past. 

To get inspired for my work I take walks. I have a very handy lens for my smartphone to make macro photos. You’ll be amazed what kind of shapes you find, just wandering through your backyard.

Help others to thrive

Since as long as I can remember, I always wanted to be an artist. I discovered at a very young age, that by making art you can create your own world. In my spare time I was always drawing, painting and watching Bob Ross. I love making something out of nothing.

I studied graphic design at the Graphic Lyceum in Rotterdam, and advertising at the Willem de Kooning Art Academy. After graduation, I didn’t want to enter the harsh environment of advertising. So I got a job to create a graphic studio for people with mental disorders and worked at this foundation for 9 years.  

When my first son was born, I had the urge to do more with my own creativity. I started working freelance as a graphic designer and personal brand consultant for small business owners.Two years ago I started to feel something was missing. I went on a personal journey and discovered I longed to do more with fine art and work more independently, which led to my inspiration to make organic illustrations.

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WITH Cora Verhagen

Shine light
in to the world

"My major goal
in all this,
is to bring people
soft and friendly energy."

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T: As Cora grows older, she is becoming more aware of the changing of the seasons and tries to live her life in the same way. In winter Cora reflects and rests and when spring arrives it’s time for more energetic movements.

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