Riekie van Velzen
Riekie van Velzen is an artist, whose work ranges from iconography and ancient painting techniques to digital. Her pieces are exhibited in private collections worldwide and her sacred works have been commissioned for several Italian churches. Through art, she also raises awareness about ecology. A native of the Netherlands, she is a proud grandmother and the mother of two. She and her husband recently moved “back to nature”, outside Rome, where they grow fruit trees and a vegetable garden. Pope Benedict XVI named her a Dame of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of Saint Sylvester in 2011.