Signed with a crown
Another of our future Waterbrook Bowral Residents is the enormously talented Maria Kroon, who lives here in the Southern Highlands. Born and educated in the Netherlands, Miel, as she is better known, started her career as a pre-school teacher. But art was never far from her mind, and her creativity with the little children encouraged her to pursue her studies in art.
During 30 years in Australia and 10 years back in the Netherlands, Miel painted and studied with many professional artists, including Alvaro Castsgnet, Helen Cottle, Lucy & Barry McCann, Charles Sluga and many more. As such, she has developed a great variety of themes and styles as well as the ability to create using many mediums. Miel has exhibited many times in the Wollondilly Shire, Macarthur region and, of course, the Southern Highlands. Many people who visit her showings can’t believe the same artist is responsible for all the works, so diverse are the styles. Miel always signs her surname on her artwork as a crown, which is what “Kroon” means in Dutch.
Once a year, Miel and a friend go to her home in Sydney to paint – “We put tarps throughout the entire living space of the apartment, we get up in the morning, paint, have lunch, paint, have dinner, paint and then go to bed. We do this everyday for the week, and we absolutely love it” says Miel.
As in previous years, Miel will participating in the very popular Southern Highlands Art Trail, which will be held over the weekends of 7th-8th and 14th-15th November 2020.