“Nature and animals are my greatest sources of inspiration and the main subjects
of my paintings. Animals, because of their honesty and pureness. There are no masks
they're hiding behind, they feel what they feel, act how they act, no games, they
just are. I think that’s why I love being around them and why I love to paint them.
At the start of each year I choose a theme to focus on for the next twelve months,
such as birds in flight and rare breeds of domestic animals. When I was doing research
on this subject, I was surprised to find that some breeds are on the verge of extinction,
which would be a great pity. Through my watercolours and engagement I hope people
will soon see the beauty and importance of these animals again.
I try to find and visit places that have these rare animals to take photos and make
small sketches which I later on use for my paintings.
My works are realistic, but
painted loosely and spontaneously. It’s soft in the background and has strong shapes
in the front. I strive for a misty atmosphere with a few sharper details. I love
painting on Ampersand claybord, which is hardboard with an ultra-smooth kaolin clay
ground. On this surface I can play with the water and pigments and just have fun.
It requires layer, upon layer, upon layer to build up the intensity of colours.
It’s unpredictable and the results are always a surprise and unique, but that’s exactly
why I love watercolour so much.”