I grew up in Western Jutland, near a river, with its water flow and transport, running down the year round. This early ”being” closely linked to the water cycle, I guess, influenced my painting. Gave it its own dynamics and naivety. At the same time the rythm of the flowing water and the mystique of understanding the rivervalley and the flow also influenced the educational direction I chose. First as a civilengineer (specialized in hydrology and hydraulics). Later in my practice as a working hydrologist (now with 25 years of experience within the field of hydrology and modeling). My own practical experience started with hydrometry and methods for measurement of flow in rivers. Later I began to explore groundwater modeling, and subsequently, I focused on modeling of the interactionen between groundwater and surface water exchange on a catchments scale. Recently, the challenge of integrating knowledge from modeling and monitoring became a new research fields, and how to!

Best involve stakeholders in the decision making process and adaptive water management. This moves me toward a growing interest for better understanding the human factor as part of management of natural resources. Then, two years ago, I finalized a master degree in Psychology of Organization (MPO) at RUC which again provided new inspiration for me, now coming in from social sciences.

Bakhtin suggested in an interview in 1975 shortly before his dead that "in order to understand, it is immensely important for the person who understands to be located outside the object of his or her creative understanding - in time, in space, in culture. For one cannot ever really see one's own exterior and comprehend it as a whole, and no mirrors or photographs can help; our real exterior can be seen and understood only by other people, because they are located outside us in space, and because they are others" (A. Kelly 1993: Revealing Bakhtin. The New York Review of Books, 10 June 44-61)