Who am I?

My name is Willem (Wim) van Osnabrugge. I was born and raised 25 miles south of Amsterdam, Holland.

I was a (part time) docent and tour guide at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota for 14 years.

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  At the age of 23 I got married to Jantiena and started to work for Unilever, in Holland, as a chemical analyst. Over the years I gradually moved up the ladder to Divisional Vice President in the USA. During my 32 years with Unilever, we moved house 9 times, living in different countries in Europe before moving to the USA in 1986. In England we lived near Chester and later in Ashford, Kent. In the U.S. we lived near New York, Baltimore and Chicago.

I always loved my job. It was very creative i.e. the creation and application of flavorings to food. This took me to virtually every country in Europe, Far East, Indonesia, Australia, North and South America, where I interacted with the local people and learned about their cultures and odor & taste preferences. I was able to retire at 55, and we choose Sarasota, Florida, as our new domicile.

Jantiena and I have a son Mark, who was born in England, lived in Holland for 4 years, back to England and then the USA. He graduated from the University of Madison, Wisconsin, then got his PhD in Oxford (England) and a postdoc. from Harvard (you can tell that I'm proud).

After my retirement I became very involved in the arts. First as the President of the Sarasota Art Center and later as a docent at the Ringling Museum of Art. Both functions part-time and as a volunteer.

2007 was my worst year. Jantiena lost her battle against breast cancer, three months before our grandson Alec Willem was born.

However, the unexpected happened and in 2010 I got married to Ann, a beautiful lady from Sarasota, but having lived most of her life on Long Island, N.Y.   Ann has two adult children and three grandchildren. In 2015 we moved to Destin, in the Florida Panhandle, to be closer to them.

I have various websites, showcasing my interests:




My art. I have been drawing, photographing and painting all my life.

My research for the Ringling Museum, where I was a docent for 14 years.

Reasearch on a 17th century painting and her hundreds of descendants, of which Audrey Hepburn is one.

My son Mark and my research in our genealogy, going back to 1200 via the paternal side and to Charlemagne via the maternal side.

If you want to contact me, write to or leave comments in the guestbook.