Born in Holland in 1947. I studied full time for a Fine Art Diploma at the East Sydney Technical College 1963 to 1967. Since moving to Pokolbin in the early 70’s I have painted full time exhibiting my work in various galleries in Sydney, Brisbane & at Newcastle’s Von Bertouch Galleries. Most of my life I have loved to paint flowers – to me they are just so beautiful. The variety, vibrancy of colour & shapes is endless, each bloom ‘ natures masterpiece’ & to capture their beauty has been my aim. I also like the challenge of creating an interesting still life where I can combine texture, design & the pattern of various cloths, fabrics & props with the colour & mood of the blooms or fruit I have chosen for the work. Composition plays an important role in my work too- with the eye being lead freely through the picture, whether it be an interior still life or one of my flower close up’s. Hopefully one should never be bored with my interpretation. Chiaroscuro & the Dutch flower painters of the 17th century have been an inspiration but I also love the freedom & vitality of the moderns like Van Gogh & Matisse & so many of the Impressionist & Post Impressionist painters. What I hope to achieve is to evoke some of this feeling to the viewer.
621 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320 Australia