Hi, I’m Fennabee! I was born as Fenna Bouve (Fenna B., you see) in the late seventies in Ostend, a small port town -yet with cosmopolitan allures- in Belgium, by the North Sea. I moved at young age to grow up in Brussels – the beautiful chaotic capital of that same tiny Belgium.
Since 2000 I live in Antwerp, a charming provincial (river) port town with some 660.000 inhabitants, with my vegetarian superman, our two hilarious boys and two not-so-vegetarian cats.
We don’t own a car, and we proudly manage to do everything by bike, in this car-dominated city. In my almost fulltime day job I’m a very proud communication pro for environmental education organization GoodPlanet Belgium -committed to coach schools, companies & civilians on how to act more sustainably & help save the planet. I am also locally committed as to the cause of a slow, liveable city and started a civil action group Actiegroep 30 Max! -but I’m involved in the most fun action group ever, ‘Pak ze aan, de Turnhoutsebaan’.
I have a real need to be outdoors and offline sometimes. For that, I took up running in 2014, and I proudly call myself a runner again since. I quickly discovered I love to run fast & short, so I turned to track & field and run races for Beerschot Atletiek – the oldest track & field club in this city. I’m not so bad on the ‘masters’ level (age 35 and up) – I even won the golden medal on the Flemish Championships in 2017 and 2018. In 2019 I discovered the hurdles! Love the combination of speed and pace, nothing beats taking a hurdle. I even made it to regional and national champ on the 400 metres hurdles in 2019 and 2020! In 2021 there are no competitions due to corona. I miss ‘m!
I love drawing and painting, it really relaxes me. Taking up thick paper, a pen, chinese ink & brushes, colour with the most vivid colours I can find. Today acryl-gouache is my favorite material. I used to be a fierce advocate of only traditional media -nothing beats brushes and ink- but I jumped on the iPad Pro + Procreate-bandwagon and now I mix traditional & digital media.
And for me thé discovery of the year 2018 was the wonderful and very colourful art of screenprinting! I am part of the Antwerp based screen print workshop collective Gezeever. Great place! I sell some of my prints in my Etsy-webshop.
And to add even more fun & joy to my art making, I discovered and started to love the very playful and free art form of Mail Art.
Oh yes. And I sing sometimes, too. My husband makes electronic music and sometimes I sing some lines for him in our joint project Efengee. 🙂
I hope I can give you some of my color energy on my website! Enjoy!
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