I was born on April 20 1954 and I live in Wormerveer. After being rejected in 1987 for work I started oil painting; especially old classic Dutch landscapes and portraits. But my spectre goes beyond that.
I once painted a typical Dutch windmill landscape on a wall (200cm x 500cm) for the local dentist of a village. Another example is the old style mailbox for the local post office. Due to all the assignments of the last years, I am now a painter that is capable of painting everything.
A few years after I started painting I met Mr J. Engels at the Zaanse Schans. Mr J Engels offered me a job at the Zaanse Schans in his gift shop, the Saense Lelie. This was a job I couldn’t refuse so I said: ‘’Yes’’. Ever since that moment in 1993 I’m painting at the Zaanse Schans with pleasure and passion.
Currently my work is being published by two publishers in the Netherlands.
The first publisher where I started in 1993 was Mercard/Intercard. This publisher is a part of the Mercurius Groep. This group is publishing my work since 1993 annually on Christmas cards. Every year about 20.000 to 40.000 cards are sold within two months. Meanwhile, after more than 15 years, my work can be found in more than 5000 collection books in the Netherlands.
The other publisher is Bekking & Blitz from Amersfoort. The CEO of this company visited the Zaanse Schans in April 2011 and was charmed about my work. He said that not many people have my style. He wanted to publish my work and was interested in doing business with me. I was enthusiastic and said I was very interested in working with Bekking & Blitz. In September 2011 a first edition of a winter wallet will appear. A wallet contains ten cards. These wallets will be for sale in almost every art related museum and book shop in the Netherlands. Another wallet, one with 17th and 18th century city views, combined with nowadays city views and my own interpretation, will also be published by Bekking & Blitz.