All of what inspires me I try to express in my work and I hope my work inspires others.
The choice of subjects varies, depending on what I see, usually in my direct surroundings.
A large part of my work is about portraying animals. It’s the love and admiration for them that is expressed here, together with the fascination for fairy tales, folklore, all kinds of stories, often mixed with a touch of humor and quirkiness.
Another big inspiration is the natural world in which we live, from flowers, trees, to whole landscapes. I love to travel (whether it’s far away, close to where I live or in my head!) and see new landscapes, different lights, shades, colours etc.
I work from a collection of ideas, photo material and sketches.
The sculptures are in bronze, using the lost-wax casting technique (cire perdue).
The paintings are mainly in oil, sometimes acrylic or mixed media. Often on panel and larger ones on canvas. The brushstrokes are quiet loose and I love to be able to still see them. I try focusing on a few areas and leaving other parts more ‘unfinished’ to give the work the freshness and openess that I want.
The works on paper are mostly a combination of charcoal, pencil and ink.
Further more I like visiting museums and look at work of other artists who can be a great inspiration. There are many more, but just to name a few who’s work I admire: Ilja Repin, Rembrandt van Rijn, Lucian Freud, Vincent van Gogh, Stanley Spencer, Stephan Balkenhol, Arthur Rackham, Andy Goldsworthy, Paola Rego, Patricia Piccinnini, Jan Mankes, Claire Basler, Pieter Pander…
Besides my own work I also do commissioned work (animals portraits, murals)
This website shows a selection of my work.
Enjoy and don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like some further information.
1991-1993 Design Academy Eindhoven
1994-1996 Working and living in the Netherlands and Australia, New Zealand
1997-2000 Institute of teacher and school Arnhem (ILS), Nijmegen (graduated)
2001-2004 Art Academy (Artez) Arnhem, painting and sculpture (graduated)
2005-2006 Working and living in Portugal
2007-2013 Working and living in Portugal and the Netherlands
2014-2015 Working and living in Portugal
2016- Working and living in the Netherlands