Strength and fragility

I paint and draw animals, people and sometimes landscapes. Animals interest me as painting objects, and I just love drawing them from life in the fields around me or painting them lifesize in my studio, which is in a converted dairy farm just north of Amsterdam. You can't find me happier than when painting fur with huge brushes and broad strokes. On a deeper level, the long standing and sometimes uncomfortable relationship between kept animals and humans keeps popping up in the work, whether I paint horses, donkeys, cows or apes. The dependence of the animals on us and their trust gives us a huge responsibility. I'm not at all sure that we as humans live up to our part of the deal.

 

I have just finished a large project about the different aspects of dairy farming. How does it influence the animals, the people and the landscape? This is the MILK project, culminating in a solo show at Waterlandsmuseum De Speeltoren in Monnickendam, and a book which is still available here. I am currently working on portraits and whatever takes my fancy.

 

 

FRESH OFF THE EASEL

Perspective, deer in the Amsterdam Waterleidingduinen, oil on linen 120x120cm
Perspective, deer in the Amsterdam Waterleidingduinen, oil on linen 120x120cm

Current and upcoming exhibitions

April 9 - October 30 Jeannes zomer, Museum Staal, Almen
April 23 - May 22 Botanical Beauty, Galerie Mokum, Amsterdam
May 2 - September 30 Pop up gallery Waterlandse Kunstkring, VVV Monnickendam
May 17 - July 17 Galerie Art Point, Sint Maarten
Until June L_A_B nr. 3, De Boterhal, Hoorn
June 20 - 26 Schilderfestival Noordwijk
July 2 - 10 Katwijk en plein air
September 24 - October 9

Biennale Waterlandse Kunstkring, Grote Kerk Monnickendam

October 8&9, 15&16

Open atelier 12-17h, Hoogedijk 40, Katwoude

October 14 - January 15

Docenten en alumni Wackers academie in Zandvoorts Museum