My work can be seen in many countries all over the world. I employ a variety of styles that all have one thing in common: the ever search for the light on phenomena and all the shadows and light planes they block in. My favorites in doing so are oil paint, dry pastel and graphite pencil. It is not the form or the theme that counts but the way planes of certain tonal quality vary and block in the lights. Colours are relatively unimportant and can take on whatever scheme. It is the tonal quality that is ever present in my work, creating the illusion of depth and mass on a flat 2d-plane. I combine figurative work with the search for abstraction because neither in extremo can provide the desired art statement the public expects from an artist. Besides all that, exaggeration and deviation is the standard and results in a typical use of a strong colour scheme and a hugh tonal bandwith, in order to create art that, when the canvas or paper would be torn into pieces, in essence still would be recognizable.
I teach art (drawing / painting) at Voorburg, Netherlands where I have my second studio next to my first at The Hague, Netherlands, where I live.
1969, born in Nijmegen. I did art for whole my life, even before I could walk. I didn't want to choose a poor life and be ruined by the absence of real craftsmanship at art school. I decided to go on painting and sketching as a private person and became a lawyer in stead. At the beginning of the Millenium I felt a growing unconfortableness with my job as a lawyer and being an artist was in the blood. I decided to quit my job and become an artist, first parttime and fultime. From 2009 on I became an art teachter and today I run art classes with an aggregate amount of 80 students per week.
Not in the formal sense of the words. Only recognition from buyers and students I teach., I guess.
- 1988 - 1994 - European law and business law at Leiden University, Netherlands.