MY INSPIRATION

All my paintings represent parts of me.


My work is my interpretation of the inspiration I find in my daily life. Either the beautiful view of the authentic nature around me or the wonderful spirit of people I meet. All my experiences and emotions come to life in my paintings.

MY INSPIRATION

All my paintings represent parts of me.


My work is my interpretation of the inspiration I find in my daily life. Either the beautiful view of the authentic nature around me or the wonderful spirit of people I meet. All my experiences and emotions come to life in my paintings.

MY STYLE

My originals are built up layer by layer.


The foundation consists of a ‘self-made’ structured paste. This paste is sculptured on to the stretched canvas. And provides the first design on which I work my second layer. The second layer is water based Acrylic paint.

Carel Frauenfelder (1944 - 2010)

"You create the world around you, as you fill it in yourself".

This was one of the sayings of Carel Frauenfelder, my colleague, art mentor and friend. One of the ways in which he interpreted his world was by conveying his ideas/feeling and fantasy to the canvas. When asked, "What do you mean by this painting?", He answered by default, "What do you see in it?" and then enjoyed the other person's interpretation.

I love this quote. This reflects perfectly what I want to accomplish with my art. I want to reach people, I want to let people feel the energy of my art. Let my paintings tell my story and at the same time remind the viewer of parts of their own story that are ready to be empowered, or discovered or even healed.

My art is described as energy, and touching something deep inside of the viewer. Each time people look at a painting, they see something different.

Early years


My passion for creation started early in my childhood. With charcoal I sketched the nature of the island nature where I grew up, close to the sea. Scarce moments in which I could escape and be myself completely. After high school, I went to the Graphic Lyceum to learn the skills to make a magazine. Wonderful time in which I learned a craft that I have been able to fall back on several times.

After a short career in the prepress department of a small printing company, I ended up very unlucky and smashed two vertebrae in my neck. Although I was no longer able to do that job at the time, new opportunities arose. After 3 years, my journey to my own creative 'being' got a surprising continuation.

Sculptures


I fell under the spell of making small art objects, jewellery and lighter holders. Made by joining together residual metal with malleable epoxy resin. Selling on festivals, however, production was not profitable enough to live on.

This creative ambition could no longer be combined with the take-off of my demanding and travelling job in Telecommunication and Internet business. But wherever I went, there was always a sketchbook and a box of pastels in my carry-on luggage.

Through setting up efficiency projects, being a document management software trainer, outlining workflow processes and implementing hosting services program, I ended up in the crisis of the Internet bubble and the bankruptcy of KPNQwest. In 2002 I luckily was able to return to my old field as a traffic manager in the corporate communication department of 3M Netherlands.

Realism


In 2004 I was inspired by a colleague to start painting with oil paint. I took lessons from Carel Frauenfelder and started painting realistic landscapes. Great material to work with. I discovered that my head had to be really empty in order to surrender to the canvas and the brush. As the workload and the care for my disabled aunt increased, I came across myself in realism.

Unfortunately, in mid-2006 I ended up in a severe burnout and an outplacement process. To keep myself active, I bought a book about HTML and started building websites from scratch. Finally, I started as an independent entrepreneur in 2007. I focused on the visual identity of new and innovative entrepreneurs. Setting up my own company took so much of my energy that all my canvases and painting materials were packaged well into the basement.

Abstract


The unexpected message in 2010 that Carel had died threw me off guard. It was the trigger to set my paintings free from my basement late at night. When I removed the protective plastic, my house again filled with the lasting energy of creation and hidden passion.

In 2016, after a major project, the time and space came to really focus completely on my creativity for a period of 6 months. My apartment was transformed into a beautiful studio in no time by my wonderful friend. I went wild in discovering my own creative twist. It turned into abstract, something I never really appreciated until I started creating it myself. I work with a combination of sculpting a surface on canvas and working with colorful layers of acrylic paint.

ART repreneur


It was one thing to create paintings and another thing to keep making them. I felt in every fibre that this was what I wanted to keep doing. The big question was: How can I make money as an artist. Not long after I saw the ad: Artists Deserve Better. That is it!

After attending Peter Maasdam's Master ART Repeneur Program, I did not only develop myself as an artist. I am also further developing my entrepreneurial skills to be an artist.

My mission: I want to touch people through the energy in my paintings. And this website is the starting point to let you experience that.

PIECES OF ME

My favourites


Teal Sea

My love for the sea, the oceans and the crashing waves.

Silver Lining

Always finding the positive in any situation.

Magic Rain

What remains shifts into a new beginning.

Endless Blue

Can't wait to experience what the future holds.


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