biography :: artist
statement :: resume
van Riel was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and moved to the United
States in 1966. She has lived in Charlottesville, Virginia since 1987.
After falling in love with graphics and gold leaf, van Riel became
a full time artist in 1988. She spent the next 11 years specializing
in jewelry surface design, studied papermaking, and in 1999 decided
to focus solely on mixed media collages. They hold for her the excitement
of new challenges and discoveries, of stretching the possibilities
with favorite ingredients and experimenting with new ones.
Van Riel has exhibited her work in numerous galleries, such as Second
Street Gallery, McGuffey Art Center, and Angelo in Charlottesville,
Virginia; Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, Virginia; Scuderie Medicee
in Poggio a Caiano, Italy, and Zenith Gallery in Washington, DC. She
has also exhibited in craft shows across the country including those
presented by the American Craft Council, the Philadelphia Museum of
Art, and the Smithsonian Institution.