After getting my degree in sociology, I worked as a teacher at Utrecht and Wageningen, a job I enjoyed very much. Both my parents were interested in art (as a hobby) and I was fortunate that during my studies I could rent a small room in a Dutch artist’s home and atelier. Some months later I bought my first painting for about $120. Alongside my regular job as a teacher, I organised and coached “train the trainer” workshops for in-company trainers. I spent several months at Columbia University (NY) learning about new training technologies, like videoconferencing and interactive video. Back home I wrote the first book in the Netherlands on interactive media (1986). (The internet didn’t exist then!) As an art collector I was very interested in graphic art (lithographs and etchings) of French painters in the first half of the 20th century, the so-called School of Paris (such as Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Laurencin and Delaunay), until the day I first saw and bought a book of pochoirs. What vibrant colours! I decided then that after my retirement I would spend much of my free time in finding out more about this amazing technique.