Ellen Verheijen works as a professional artist, she produces paintings and designs for fabrics and wallpaper. Verheijen graduated in 1990 at the Minerva Academy in Interior Design (Groningen, The Netherlands). After graduating, her work has gradually shifted from fashion designs to producing murals and paintings because she felt she could work more freely. Verheijen is inspired by nature, signs and motifs of other cultures and the surface of weathered walls. Painters like Klee, Tapies and Miro also affected her work.

In addition to her work as an artist, she has been teaching art lessons at primary schools in Amsterdam since 2004 through various organizations. She also organized a number of projects and made murals with children in Senegal, Belgium, Mali and Suriname. In Vietnam, she collaborated with a colleague artist on an art project for the Medical Committee Netherlands Vietnam with deaf children and their teachers.

Senegal: In 2004 Verheijen spent four months in Senegal and, in collaboration with a Senegalese artist, produced a series of paintings and an exhibition. This was made possible with the help of the Dutch embassy and some local sponsors. She also organized a wall painting project with various artists and children from 6 primary schools.

Now: For three years, she has made designs for fabrics, both on paper and on the computer. At Academy Vogue, she followed a course of design on the computer with Photoshop and Illustrator.

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