After having worked in several artistic disciplines Carine Burger dedicated herself to painting in 1999. She joined painters collective ‘Verversstraat’ in Amsterdam which has some ten members and works under the guidance of visual artist Rob Visje. Soon after that she joined the group expositions. The expositions are held regularly at historical locations in the Netherlands. In her early years she painted disheveled worlds coming together, motivated by her work as a psychotherapist which was to become a source of inspiration in all of her paintings. Later on she shifted her focus to animals, military, mothers and children and images made in the open air with the collective in for instance Marrakech. Since 2006 she has dedicated herself almost completely to painting children. She has had several solo-expositions and she illustrated three books.
Her techniques are extensive. In many layers of acrylic paint on canvas, emphasized with bistre and charcoal, she extracts her subjects from the material with an obvious pleasure in tactility. “I create a turmoil of colors, stains, lines, spatters and so on before carefully building my composition in autonomous layers.” This start leaves space for intuition which adds to the spherical, poetic sensibility in her work. The transparency of the layers and a dark diffuse background create a sense of deepness and intimacy in the painting. Her physical approach towards painting shows an avid, almost greedy application of color and structure and a playful hand.