Strength and fragility

I paint and draw my immediate surroundings in the rural area just north of Amsterdam.  Aiming to show a timeless beauty, without reverting to nostalgia.
 Every time I’m out there with my easel, I ask myself what fascinates me about what I see and how do I capture the beauty of this view in my painting? I am always looking for the essence of what I want to express. The area I live in has a rich and long agricultural history. I paint people, landscapes, animals, trying to show them the way they are now, framing them in their rapidly changing surroundings.

At the moment, the focus of my work lies with painting the different aspects of dairy farming. How does it influence the animals, the people and the landscape? This is the MILK project, culminating in an exhibition in the Waterland Museum in the autumn of 2021.  

Apart from the cattle and other big farm animals, I paint plein air landscapes, and portraits from life.




Portrait painting
Hippe dream, oil on linen 125x100cm

I studied at Wackers Academy of figurative art in Amsterdam, and graduated with honours in June 2019. I have participated in and won awards at several international plein air painting festivals such as Noordwijk and Pintar Rapido. With a small charcoal drawing of trees reflected in a ditch, I won a place at the Dutch national Summer Exhibition at Museum De Fundatie. One of my portraits was selected for the "Lang leve Rembrandt" exhibition at the Rijksmuseum. End of 2021 I will be exhibiting solo at the Waterland Museum in Monnickendam with the MILK project I am now working on.



Current and upcoming exhibitions

November 8 - February ? "Visitekaartjes", Galerie Paterswolde
December 5 - ongoing online "Vlootschouw" De Boterhal, Hoorn: rent an artwork via
December 10 - end of February Salon at Arti&Amicitiae
2021 March 22 - 28 Figure drawings, group exhibition in the Art Space at Arti&Amicitiae
2021 May 7 - June 27 "Ezeltjes", galerie De Beuken, Laren. I will be there all day on Saturday, May 8th.
2021 June 21 - 27 Schilderfestival Noordwijk
2021 July 3 - 10 Katwijk en plein air
2021 July 2 - August 1 "Nieuwste leden", Arti & Amicitiae, Amsterdam
2021 September - December "Milk", solo exhibition Waterlands Museum De Speeltoren, Monnickendam