Frouke van der Kraan - Art Therapist (ATR-BC), Addiction Therapist, Sculptor
At the age of sixteen Frouke Van der Kraan (35) tried to get accepted as a student at the Dutch Willem De Kooning Academy at Rotterdam but although they liked her artwork she was considered to be too young to attend. So she began attending classes at the Zadkine College (pre-university) to pass time. One year later she finally did get accepted. This time at two art academies: the Willem De Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague. By that time she had found her true vocation and declined.
Fascinated by the combination of art and therapy Van Der Kraan moved out and started to attend classes in Nijmegen at the age of 19, on the other side of the country, to become a licensed art therapist.
After 4 years Van der Kraan graduated in 2000 at the University of Arnhem and Nijmegen (HAN) in the Netherlands. She then moved back to Rotterdam and worked at various organizations as an art/addiction therapist and program developer. In 2005 Van der Kraan received her license as a Registered Independent Practitioner. She now has over 11 years of professional experience as a therapist in the field of addiction psychiatry, counseling and art therapy. Her clients come from all walks of life and have problems that vary significantly.
Next to her present job as an ATR-BC she spends a lot of her time writing, sculpting and drawing. To her self expression (in any form) is a necessity in life. It's a strong inner need to heal one self that can't be denied and has proven to be valuable throughout thousands of years.
Frouke Van der Kraan currently lives and works in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and spends several months a year in North-West Alabama, the United States, with her partner in life Tommy Wright and their two cats.
This website shows some of Van der Kraan's artwork and her resume. Her present artwork consists of figurative soapstone sculptures.