Born in The Netherlands, raised in New York and presently live in rural Massachusetts. Her work can be found in private collections throughout the Americas and Europe. In 2006 she set a goal to complete a painting a day by joining The Daily Painters making small works more affordable to collectors. Because of life circumstances she's not always able to complete a small work each day but she does paint everyday.
Ria had a drive to create since she was a child. As a teen she was introduced to Alfred Van Loen, a New York sculptor and painter, who encouraged her to follow her passion and draw daily. Painters who have influenced her work the most are Maxfield Parrish and Georgia O’Keeffe.