Colour dance Series
These paintings represent the joyful dance in my head as I think of the many colours I like. When I started painting I often applied bright hues, mostly straight from the tube. Little did I know. Nowadays I still love bright colours, but I mix them to make my own colours. I combine brighter colours with more desaturated colours, which makes the bright ones stand out more.
Black and White (B&W) Series
These paintings came about from a starting point of dividing the panel space between black and white, in other words: applying black on one segment of the empty panel and white on the remaining part, thereby covering the whole space, as a first layer. It is often said one should not use black in painting, and I didn't use to much like painting with black anyway, but for me this black-and-white start has challenged me and works.
Scenes of Nature Collage Series
These paintings are collage works on paper which were made on the basis of hikes in the nature areas around my home town. While hiking I sketched and took photos, focusing on the big picture as well as on details/close-ups. On the basis of this source material I painted (elements of) the nature scenes on large sheets of paper. I then tore these into pieces and reassembled them into collage works.
African Laughter Series
Africa has made a lasting impression on me and is an important source of inspiration for my work. I need to paint it. But how? Africa stands for so much. I am at the start of what I expect to be an extended period of deep exploration into what exactly that is, and how to express it. The series presented here contains the first step on this journey.
These paintings are part of concertina (harmonica) sketchbooks. Perpetuum refers to the ongoing nature of concertina booklets (35 pages to and 35 pages fro, A5 format). As the pages are woven together, the work on each page flows naturally into that on the next. This encourages a free way of working. The paintings in these sketchbooks are explorations which can feed into my paintings.
My love of the honesty plant (in Dutch: Judaskruid) and of sunflowers, especially when they are in a state of decay, prompted me to create small series on both. Furthermore this category contains individual paintings and drawings of flowers and crops. All paintings are made with soft pastel, the drawings with charcoal.