The unpredictable flow of the paint ,the colors blending beautifully together .That attracted me 30 years ago in watercolors . And even still painting is a wonderful adventure among the pigments,the water and myself, I like the transparency of the paint and the opportunity it gives to work in layers . I'm always looking for atmosphere and intimacy .Contrast between warm and cool colors and light and dark plays an important role in all my subjects.
I am the president and founder of IWS Holland, a foundation that wants to put on the map the watercolor in the Netherlands. I am a member of the ACN (Watercolor Collective Netherlands) and the Belgian AIB.
I won several awards in my long watercolor career . The most recent were in 2015 : the 2nd prize at the Painting of the year contest in the Netherlands and reaching the semi-finals in the global competition of the magazine Art de l'Aquarelle. in 2016 I was in the top 20 (19th) in the IWS Worldwide Competition . In the Fabriano big watercolor contest I won as a team with my Dutch collegues Jan Min and Carla de Korte The Fabriano paper award as well as the Escoda brushes award.
I am participating in several major exhibitions along the world . In the past two years in Antwerp, Mons, Libramont, Thessaloniki, Fabriano, Slovenia, New Dehli, Varna, Alessandria, Coquelles, Vancouver, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Middelbeers and Driebergen. In nov. 2016 I am invited in Nanning (China) to participate with 3 works in " Song of Water" a contamporary watercolor invational exhibition with the best watercolor painters worldwide .
In 2013 I was the face of and on the watercolorset of the Talens brand in a special limited edition.
In 2012 and 2014 I have judged in a global Watercolor Contest.
I give workshops and watercolor classes with groups in my studio in Vleuten