Exploring a new path to become a fine-art painter

When I started painting I had no idea about what I wanted to specialize in, because everything was new and a challenge. After several landscapes, animals and portraits I became fascinated by still-life paintings. All the different materials and textures intrigued me. After a while I was not just painting objects, but more focussed on composition, colors and formats and started to develop my own style.

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Moving towards more exciting compositions

I decided to only paint on panels (40x50 cm) and not on canvas. Using a standard format made me realise that I was thinking in creating series instead of individual paintings. The series consisted 10 paintings in which I was searching for a more tension in perspective. Examples are the fishbowl looked at through the eyes of a cat or the Delfts blue teapot with the spout facing you. What I learned was that I would like to avoid a triangle composition in the center of the frame.

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Wide variety in Dutch traditional clothing

In my earlier paintings I have often used fabrics of different colors and types. Painting fabric expressions is very varied, namely the difference between silk and wool, lace, embroidered, crocheted or knitted. They are all different techniques. When I started looking into this, I ended up with the Dutch traditional costumes. What a diversity! The differences between Hindeloopen, Staphorst, Spakenburg and Zeeland are huge and incredibly fascinating.

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Reaching out to South Korea

During my travels abroad I have always been interested in the culture and traditions of the countries I visit. The variety of nature, people, colors, and patterns always fascinated me. Through the Hamel Museum in Gorinchem, the Netherlands, I came into contact with the South Korean culture. The series of paintings about the Dutch traditional costumes gave me the idea to put our two cultures side by side. This presented a new challenge. Although the two countries  are so far apart, I have uncovered many similarities.

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