For many years my paintings and pastels
reflected a blending of my childhood memories. This became more and
more a transcription of my personal inner feelings, state of mind, and
moods. The paintings can go from serene to stormy, depending on
what’s happening in my life and around me at the time of creation.
They are images straight out of my mind; imaginary landscapes and
seascapes that transcribe the different stages of my life and
Landscapes are a mirror of myself; the
land where I grew up and the land where I am presently living.
Landscapes are also a reflection on human civilization. The character
of the land is a direct echo of the people who live on it. The
opposite is also true. The rough and mysterious mountain people live
among the sharp, tall peaks and the well-organized Dutch live on flat
land squared off into farms. We are a direct issue of the terrain.
My landscapes are dreamlike and put
together like stage sets. They are images whose edges are softened by
the layering of time. They are scenes in which motion is suspended;
where the ensuing composition is all important. The space depicted in
the paintings stays enclosed and private while it is swept by a
strange, unifying light.
More recently, I started a new series of
paintings which reflect an evolution toward a looser and more
energetic way of applying paint. This different painting technique
has resulted in crushing waves and surfs that reflect emotional times
in my life, or seas of icy calm that suggest a great sense of peace
and harmony. This is reminiscent of the Chinese philosophy of yin and
yang – the positive and negative ebb and flow of life.