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Enrich your life. Surround yourself with art you love and it will love you back.

You want your living space to be warm, beautiful, and inviting. You also want it to reflect your own unique personality and charm.

My name is Kathleen Steegmans, and I create paintings, illustrations, and mixed media pieces that invite you to connect with your true self and give your space the extra touch of personality and depth you’re looking for.

As a child, I spent many hours playing surrounded by the beautiful, mysterious, and sometimes shocking images that were featured in my parents’ photo gallery. I was fascinated by how these artists portrayed the human body, showing it as a work of art and a means of conveying concepts and values. During those hours of play and by experiencing the vibrant, inspirational atmosphere at opening nights, my fascination with visual art & becoming an artist was born.

In 1998, I graduated with a Master in Visual Arts from Provinciale Hogeschool Limburg, in Hasselt, Belgium. Unfortunately, at that moment, I firmly believed in the myth of the starving artist. The dream of making a living as an artist suddenly felt more like a nightmare and something impossible to reach. As a result, I worked in a variety of jobs and as a graphic designer for a number of years before launching my own creative agency, MIST, with my partner Tim in 2011. I thought I had it all during the following years, living and working from home with my love, being in control of our own time, doing great projects for fantastic clients, …

But then, I experienced a wake-up call.

I had lost my mother and father to cancer within the space of five years. This made me realise how short our time here is and that I was not living the life I wanted to live deep inside. For years I had been afraid to acknowledge this deep desire to express my own creativity instead of creating for clients. I then began working toward living in an empowered, abundant way and started creating fine art again.

I think surrounding ourselves with beautiful things is essential to our wellbeing and happiness, this is why I consider it my mission to create beautiful, luxurious & soulful artwork that enhances emotion & self refection.

The characters I create are based on images I find online and in magazines. They come to live through the creative process, gaining their own emotions and thoughts. The finished pieces convey empowerment, femininity & sensuality, becoming conversation starters and inviting viewers to contemplate their own individuality.

I believe that each of us has the right to live a beautiful, fulfilling life. That we can become the best version of ourselves when we start believing we can. When we start listening to our soul and silence our mind. Through my art, I offer the idea that life can be abundant, spiritually fulfilling and glamorous at the same time and inspire others to consider how they can both live authentically and experience the best that life has to offer.

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