Painting feeds my soul. The act of putting a paintbrush to canvas is a cathartic release for my emotions and thoughts. After spending years illustrating and painting animals and landscapes with precision and attention to detail, I enjoy the freedom of abstract expressionism. The experience is at times exhilarating, frightening, relaxing and frenetic. Depending on my mood, my technique varies. Relaxed moods evolve into color flows and drip style paintings. Excitement and passion often emerge as scraffitto (scraping through a top layer to reveal an underlying pattern) and bold, sweeping brushstrokes. When I am feeling more introspective, I paint defined, geometric forms.
I have always been fascinated by “nature as art.” My inspiration comes from a lifetime of observing natural patterns, colors and textures. The vibrant reds and oranges I use tend to represent life, energy and rebirth. Blues and greens often symbolize water, the essential element of life and yin, the cool, calm female side of the universe. Metallic golds, coppers and bronzes evoke Yang elements such as the fiery core of earth and the distant lights of the cosmos. Almost all of my paintings incorporate texture. Natural elements such as sand, glass, mica and garnet are fused and enveloped into surfaces. Heavy flows of paint create frozen rivers of color. I like to create paintings with a tactile quality that entices the observer to touch, to run their fingers over the paint.
I was to born into an artistic Dutch/German family with painters, sculptors, animators and master craftsmen on both sides. Throughout my life I have lived and traveled extensively in Southeast Asia, Eastern and Western Europe and Central and South America. Exposure to Asian and European art and natural landscapes gives me a deep well of visual images to tap. Whether surreal sandstone formations on the northern coast of Taiwan, the lush, steaming beauty of a Malaysian rainforest, or the craggy, multi-colored layers of rock in Glacier National Park, I see beauty and random order in the world around me.