‘Pour le plaisir des yeux’ Was it on the front cover of a booklet of an exhibition I once visited. That sentence describes exactly what drives me in my artistry. For me, making art is like traveling: an adventure. Color by color, layer by layer on to the unknown. My eyes are always looking for something surprising or something new, even when I go for a bike ride or walk.
Coincidence and imperfection play a major role. Children's drawings, textures of wallpaper that has been pulled from the wall, discarded packaging or a second-hand book from the thrift store are all reasons for new work. I try to find the balance between simplicity and amazement, whereby a found material is often the starting point. While combining materials and applying paint I look for an image that is poetic as well as playful and simple. Known and unknown at the same time.
I prefer to work with oil paint, but I also use acrylic and watercolor. Materials that I like to use besides paint are old (found) pieces of paper, vintage pictures, hand-painted pieces of textile and pastels, oil sticks.