I first graduated as a teacher in art in 1998 and after discovering that I preferred the art over the teaching, also from the Willem de Kooning Academy in 2001.
Since then I’ve been employed as a graphic designer, illustrator, copy writer and concept developer. As of 2010 I am self-employed as a co-founder of communications studio Rotterdams Collectief and, more recently, right here, under my own name and with my personal work.
In making art there are many things that inspire me but I am always drawn towards the contrast between realism and stylized, graphic elements. Since 2013 I started working with various kinds of wood to build constructions to form the base of my designs.
Working with wood allows me to ‘escape’ the compulsory square shape of a canvas or a sheet of paper.
Additionaly, wood adds texture and life and allows for a high degree of freedom with compositions made in various layers.
This is why most of my work is best appreciated in real life and not so much on a screen where a third of its spatial presence is ommited.
The themes in my work are currently dominated by my life-long fascination for vehicles and machines that have an almost tangible personality. Many of those are found in times gone by.
Next to my personal work I am happy to make art in commission.