On the 30st of August 1958 I was born in IJsselstein, Holland. When I was about 17 I had lessons in drawing and watercolour at Artibus, an academy for art in Utrecht. In 1992(-1997) I studied at ArtEZ, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Arnhem. I have 3 daughters: Anne, Lize and Marte.
Together with Willem, I live at the River IJssel in Holland. Just like the dutch painter Jan Voerman (1857-1941) has experienced, life at this river is of great influence in my work. I paint realistic images and my surroundings are my subject.
In the year 2000 I made a drawing every day of the most important moment of the day. The daily reality appeared more interesting than I thought. Therefore I decided to take reality as a starting point for my paintings. My quest is based around the question: What is reality?
I look around me, take photographs, crop them on the computer and use what is left as a starting point for my landscapes. I paint with intense dedication for technique and structures. It fascinates me that every point of view offers a different perspective and enjoys it when the viewer moves, actually taking a step, to experience what I desire to portray.
In recent years I have started to paint in a more and more refined and precise manner. I think that is a recognition of an urge, as well as an idea about the role that meticulousness plays when it comes to beauty, but also as a reaction to the speed and instability of our time.
Momentarily I research how far I can go in choosing an unusual point of view; to what point is alienating imagery still experienced as reality and, more as a question of art: to what point is a painting without an obvious horizon still a landscape?
Personal motives play an important role in my process. Time and time again, they form the fixed point, and with this I develop a frame of reference. From this frame I judge my work and continuously discovers new possibilities to take it a step further.
I would like to make something that is of true value to others.
What is reality?
Some answers found by me as a painter.
Things I did.
2007 - 2009 - conservator of Voerman Museum Hattem
2003 - 2009 - chairman of balloting commission of Ateliers Apeldoorn
1992 - 2005 - member of Kollektief Eper Kunstenaars, KEK
1997 - 2004 - member of art commission Epe
1997 - van Ginkel Graphic Award
1995 - founder Open Atelierdagen NO-Veluwe
Several times juror for the Talensaward, region Gelderland