Tell us about yourself.
My country of birth is the Netherlands. I would like to be objective and without irony when describing myself but that is an impossibility. Therefore what I can say is that I see myself as a person who tries to make sense of the world by being inquisitive, sensitive and creative. I screw up many things and occasionally do something that makes me take a step back. It then makes me realize that the complexity of being in the world for me means that I should accept the mystery and wonder but also the anguish and solitude.
What is the first thing you do when you start a painting?
Spending some time just looking at the canvas. It might take me a while to determine the dimensions of the painting. I tend to work on canvas before it goes onto stretcher bars, this give me some freedom to find the right measurements for the images I intend to set up.
Walk me through a day in the studio.
It starts when I ride my bike to the studio. Clearing my mind on the way. Switching on the lights and taking some time to look at the previous days work. Make some tea and start circling around in the studio till I feel ready to pick up a brush. Then it is painting, turn on some music, turning it off again and keep working till I feel something has happened on the canvas. I will write down some thoughts and do some quick and small sketches here and there.
Has your work always taken on the style it currently embodies?
No, my style shifts according to the subject matter I choose to work with.
“The Silent”, oil on canvas, 190 x 150 cm (74.8″ x 59″)