In between she worked in Canada as a kinder garten teacher
with handicapped children and in a children's hospital. Conny has always
divided her interests between the visual arts and the care. To her,
her attention has always been focussed on human beings: Man in all the
aspects and qualities.
After her Secondary Education she was trained as a child care worker.
After this a course in creative crafts as youth leader and activities
teacher. It may be clear that she is very capable with her hands, she
is clever and original in all sorts of manual skills, which is clearly
expressed when she is working with children.
For painting and drawing she attended courses at the Royal Academy of
Visual Arts in The Hague. Between all her various jobs she never stopped
drawing, painting and teaching drawing to groups of housewives and children.
She married, moved to Portugal, because her husband was employed as
an engineer in a development project by the authorities and she became
In the difficult period that followed and building up a new life, with
two little children, she worked for quite some time in the care of people.
During her period in the home care, she came in contact with clients
who felt rather lonely and deserted, neglecting themselves and a slight
form of dementia and consequently needed care and attention. Through
her involvement and interest in people, she attended a course, training
her in Validation, a method to be able to communicate with OAPs growing