The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
dochtersions (aka Jacomina de Graaf) is a talented and imaginative artist who has been posting her fascinating artworks and photographs at Renderosity.com since 2010. Members of Renderosity have chosen her works over 17,000 times as favorites.
I've stayed in touch with dochtersions since she won the Artist of the Month back in May, 2015, and planned to create a video profile of her home and her works. She has been kind enough to send me video of herself and her home/garden/surroundings in South Netherlands. I've edited it to include many of her photos and artworks.
dochtersions has a wonderful imagination and takes a very kind view of the world around her. You can see this reflected in her delicate photographs of flowers and insects. Her fractal art is more complex; filled with a variety of lively shapes and deep colors. Her skill in shaping fractal images is much like a jazz musician riffing on a musical sequence. Every fractal image she produces is exciting and unexpected. She truly captures "the inward significance" of her images.
In a sense, dochtersions uses art as a way to discover and understand the world around her. Something all great artists have done since the first woman sat and painted on the walls of her cave.
Renderosity Magazine: Tell us a little about yourself: who is dochtersions?
Dochtersions: Hello everybody! Under the name "dochtersions" I started, at the suggestion of my dear husband, in sharing my photos, fractals, and also some paintings, and other 2D art here at Renderosity. That was in January of 2010. I still use my two owls as avatar, which is a reduced image of one of my oil paintings.
The name "dochtersions" came into my head as only one, when I was looking for a name for my blog that I started in 2007. This name is not that strange, as I know that God is my real father and mother at the same time, and I know that God loves me more and deeper than a man can aware of (or at least Ithink this way)
I live in the South of The Netherlands together with my retired husband. I've had various occupations. In my last job, I was working as an assistant to a paediatrician and a rehabilitation specialist. When I had children, I graduated 'health awareness', and gave lectures on various topics, plus vegetarian cooking classes to teenagers.
My husband and I have together two daughters and four grandchildren. Which all live abroad, to be precise in Lacey (WA-USA) and Davos in Switzerland.
I've always been busy with all kinds of creativity. As a child I drew a lot, later pottery, needle art, tapestries, weaving, batik art, macramÃ©, etc. Painting with oil was my lastgreat hobby.
Around about the year 2000 I started having unexplained physical symptoms as well as insomnia, which was later diagnosed as having PTSD. It turned out that I had repressed a traumatized youth. However, the physical symptoms made that I no longer could be busy with my passions, the real painting, and other activities (f.e. reading books, gardening, travelling), which I was doing without a limit.
What I can stay doing well in limited form, is playing music on my mandolin and my guitar, and also to enjoy/listen my favourite music, which is including the cantatas of JS Bach and his sons , f.e. also music from G.F. Handel, G.Ph. Telemann, a.s.o. This is also the kind of music that my husband (on its church organ) and I (on my mandolin) play together.
After being diagnosed with PTSD a lot changed and I was forced to look for alternatives in which I could express myself. That is, that for years I started writing, and poetry, which go quite intense and as a sort of automatic. Unfortunately, my knowledge of the English language is not sufficient enough, so I write in my mother tongue, with sometimes a few exceptions. The thoughts come to my mind right at unexpected moments, and it's wonderful, to surrendering to your train of thoughts.
-dochtersions and husband, Karel.
In the encounter more and more of impossibilities, in connection with, f.e continuous pains, I learned to shift my gaze. Searching for distractions and alternatives, I learned to focus my happy mind on all the wonderful and admirable little things in the world around me.
My husband since 1968 Karel (kareldg on RR) bought a small pocket camera for me, and taught me to work with Fractal Explorer. Through my little Sony camera I learned to look differently, to see deeper; to see the details, the structure, how refined, and just so unique the small ones are in God's creation.
What is one of my daily tasks is trying to support people who suffer from PTSD, but they suffer more in an emotional way, and I can understand them and listen to their story (digital).They trust me.
Renderosity: What is your fascination with fractal art and photography?
Dochtersions: So it is with the creation of a fractal, in all its facets, the things you're going to pay attention to, what I try to bring out; a dance of colour, a playful tone, joy, warmth, to show the emotions they are there. Always there is the delight of discovering something new, sift through, investigate, and experiment with it, light up, to make appearing and emphasize what is; both with my camera, as with a fractal program, which currently Apophysis 3D Hack is my favourite. You lose yourself in it, and yet you are continually surprised in the experiment what is called "life".
-The Cobwebs Dance by dochtersions
Renderosity: How has being a part of the Renderosity community helped you in your life and artworks?
Dochtersions: Oh, the community feels good, we finally have a lot in common; it actually enriches, stimulates, and gives ideas. The personal contact is also something to be happy about. Frankly, I'm always amazed when people give me compliments, in a way it embarrass me, just because I've never experienced this in my youth. But it stimulated me a lot.
It is also interesting to see what others do, and that they show their world on the community; I love to see how others live, and their environment, plus milieu. And I like to have contact with other people, which in itself is enriching and interesting.
Where I obviously longing for is that I can work longer on my PC, to enjoy the uploads from others, as well as it more often giving comments on the work of my "colleagues" here. It is so disappointing, and it always gives me a sense of guilt / default. But it's really impossible with so many intense headaches to concentrate.
So, dear people, it has a reason that I can sometimes be little present between your artwork.
-Read the full interview with dochtersions on the Renderosity Artist of the Month/May page