A LITTLE ABOUT THE ARTIST
I have always been a lover of animals and birds (large and small). Each and every animal is unique and being able to capture that quality on a canvas brings me endless amounts of joy. No matter where I am I can always find beauty in the world when I look at nature and animals.
I begin every painting with their eyes. They say the eyes are the window to the soul and until I capture the emotion and/or their unique personality in the eyes I cannot continue. Once I have achieved this I feel connected and emotionally invested in my work and can proceed. The greatest compliments I receive is when a buyer tells me they were compelled to purchase my work as they felt a connection with the subject and that my artwork touched them in some way.
When I am not selling my artwork, I like to donate pieces for auction for various charities as I like that my art can be used to help others.
I was born in the Netherlands and raised in Melbourne Australia before moving to Perth in my 30’s. I was fortunate to have an uneventful early childhood but then lost my mother at age 11 and was estranged from my father by age 13.
My early thrust into adulthood left little time to explore my hidden talents or abilities. It was not until my late 40’s that I picked up a paint brush for the first time. I remember sitting back with my $2 paint bush and cheap set of paints and looking at what I had just created thinking “did I do that?” and “how did I do that?”. I felt a feeling of utter excitement as I saw the potential of a whole new world opening up ahead of me by being able to see the world through a painter’s eye.
Several weeks later and armed with a set of professional paints I painted my 4th painting which subsequently sold within 15 minutes of being uploaded to an online art site (bluethumb.com.au) with the next half a dozen selling within the first week.
From here I continued to work on commission items and on original paintings for my gallery to ensure my buyers constantly have new pieces of work available for purchase. Due to high demand I commenced making fine art prints on canvas and paper so as to make my work available and affordable to a wider audience without compromising my original pieces.
Since embarking on my art career, I have discovered a long history of artists in my family which might explain my inherent ability and passion for what I do, none of which would have been possible without the amazing support of my family and friends.