Born in 1962, I grew up in the Netherlands,
where I was raised in a multicultural family. I recall being an
imaginative, pensive, and intensely curious child, who expressed
creativity and emotions through artmaking and daydreaming. A formal
education in the classical arts made me realize Art is indeed my life
path. Despite following art academy, I consider myself predominantly
I feel an irresistible attraction towards Realism. I
love looking at it, as well as creating it. The challenge to paint with
great precision and tightly executed details seduces me into
continuously conquering new boundaries and mastering new skills.
It is a commonly accepted myth that painting Realism is
mere replication, imitation. To me, painting is about making choices. I
do not copy while painting, I synthesize the composition into an ideal
reality of my own.
Currently, I focus on two of the most meticulous of the
fine art genres, namely trompe l'oeil and photorealism. Both styles
allow me to go back and forth between sharply focused close-ups and the
challenge to create intricate life-sized compositions.
Symbolism infuses my compositions with what is for me
an essential freedom of expression. This allows me to convey my thoughts
and beliefs, while still implementing the subtle but exact techniques of
My compositions reveal my desire to capture the
fascinating interactions between colors, light, shadows, textures and
reflections. I seek to capture those fleeting moments in my artwork,
when light is just perfect, when colors and shadows and textures unite
in visual poetry. When there’s a story to tell.
Among my professional affiliations, I am a Charter
Member in the International Guild of Realism, a Full Member of the
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, a Signature Member of the
International Society of Acrylic Painters, Member of the National
Acrylic Painters’ Association of the UK, and I am allied with the
Asociación de Pintores Realistas de España.
My artwork has been published in United States and
international art magazines, including Southwest Art, International
Artist, and American Art Collector. My sculptures have been published in
a Dutch book entitled Beeldend Wassenaar, my illustrations are shown in
the book entitled Artikel 12* published by the Center for Peace in
Belgium, and my trompe l’oeil paintings can be found in an American
museum catalog entitled The Reality of Things: Trompe l’Oeil in America,
published by the Vero Beach Museum of Art. My art can be found on many
websites, including the RKD or Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische
Documentatie, a leading international art-historical data base and an
indispensable reference source for art historians.
During my twenty-five + year career my artwork has been
exhibited in Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France,
Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United
States. My paintings, drawings, and sculptures reside in numerous
collections around the world. I am especially pleased that five of my
bronze statues enjoy permanent public installation in the Netherlands.
My paintings are currently exhibited in a number of fine art museums and
galleries throughout the United States and Europe. Most recently, my
work appeared in the art history book by Professor Katlijne Van der
Stighelen entitled Vrouwenstreken, Unforgettable Female Painters from
the Low Countries from 1550 until today.
I presently live and work in Antwerp, Belgium.