Els was born in Goirle, a village in the Netherland province of Brabant, right on the border with Belgium. She could walk from her back garden into Belgium.
When Els was a teen, her family moved to Breda, a beautiful city near Goirle. There she attended middle and high school.
Els worked in the marketing research and statistics department of Allied Breweries, which then produced Skol and Oranjeboom (both lager beers).
Paolo met Els in 1977 during his AIESEC traineeship at the brewery.
When Els and Paolo moved to Amsterdam, she attended professional courses in art painting and fashion design.
Els also joined the International Women Club where she made new friends of very many nationalities.
Els is an art painter and designs beautiful dress models.
Paintings by Els
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