I like melancholy because it feels honest.

 

That started when I was a child living in the gloomy countryside of the Netherlands. 

 

I now live in Boulder, CO, creating paintings that emanate longing, a deep seeking... a yearning for meaning, peace, quietude. 

 

I capture subtleties in light and depth within each painting by layering transparent watercolors. Then I reveal, with finely detailed elements, the natural world that lays inside.

 

Painting in this way has helped me to understand myself and to get comfortable there. And it has helped me connect with others, without words, who feel the beautiful and heartbreaking plight of this existence in the same way. 

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