My name is Sytske Hoogterp. I was born and raised in the countryside village called Gaastmeer, amongst the Frisian lakes. As a child, most of the time I was surrounded by water. I swam in it, I fished out of it, I sailed over it, I’ve ice-skated on it and I fell in love for the first time in it. It’s just a small sampling of the existence of these lakes in my childhood that reminds me of home.

Nowadays I can feel at home in a lot of places as I take these lakes along with me in my soul and still feel the child with it’s curiosity in me.

I get inspired in my everyday life. When I meet people, when I travel, when I hear a sound or when I see the sunlight falling on the earth a little bit different than the minute before.

Through art I’ve found a way to express myself and to ‘tell’ the stories that inspire me along my way.