Denise Buisman Pilger
The Story Behind My Art
Goodbyes have always been difficult for me. The first few weeks of school, I was crying until I was physically ill just because I had to say goodbye to my mom. Even spending the night at a friend’s house or staying with my grandmother during vacations came with the drama of saying goodbye. I have very strong memories of doing all kinds of arts and crafts, especially with my grandmother. I remember always asking her for an art project right after we arrived. Creating something beautiful has always made me feel good.
Living as an expat is not easy for someone who struggles with goodbyes. Every time I have to leave, I am forced to say goodbye to everything that has become familiar to start over in an unfamiliar place where I sometimes don’t even speak the language. My art is what grounds me. It is my way to familiarize myself with my new environment and it is what I spend most of my time with. My art is what keeps me connected to the places I had to leave behind.
Frequent travels allow me to gather inspiration and share my work with collectors around the world. I want to help you relive happy memories of familiar places and inspire you to visit and explore destinations you would otherwise never have thought to visit.
Through the universal language of art, I aim to bridge cultural and language barriers to make the world into a place where all people feel connected to one another. I wish to inspire people to learn about different countries, cultures and ideas so they can understand and appreciate them. I know everyone identifies as being a part of a country with a unique culture. I hope to motivate them to first and foremost see themselves as world citizens and feel a kinship to all the people in the world.