Who am I?
My name is Claudia
Drawing and later also painting is a common thread in my life. Growing up on an arable farm in the Noordoostpolder, I made works of subjects that had made an impression on me. Drawing and later also painting is a common thread in my life. Growing up on an arable farm in the Noordoostpolder, I made works of subjects that had made an impression on me. This could vary from impressions from the film The Lion King to the Overloon museum.
During my medical studies at the Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, drawing, observing and visual thinking came in handy in several courses and in designing the front cover of my thesis. After Rotterdam I completed my specialization as Gastroenterologist in Nieuwegein and Utrecht. After which I started working as an MDL doctor at the Deventer Hospital. Design and drawing became an important support for the explanation in the consultation room and for the many teaching moments.
From 2018 I started to get acquainted more seriously with the different materials and techniques. I grew to love the process of seeing a work come to life from rough sketches. In 2020 I learned digital techniques and discovered more and more possibilities through (online) courses, workshops, other illustrators and the inspiring teachers of Schoolism.com. I noticed that it had a lot in common with the medical profession where it is also about communication, clarification, problem solving, (technical) knowledge and seeing other perspectives.
In the autumn of 2022, I stopped as a practicing gastroenterologist and set up ClaudiaStreken. I was allowed to make a mural for the Agricultural Miniatures Museum at the Averlo-Frieswijk-Schalkhaar Museum. On assignment I illustrated a medical overview article for the UMCU gastroenterology department. Together with Willeke Groeneweg I exhibited works in the De Kuip Community Center and later at the Brink in Deventer at Kunst aan Z. I was also able to make business cards, brochures and doors more interesting.
I am currently also a medical teacher at Saxion Health Academy.