My life story
was born in Den Helder the Netherlands in 1961 and we immigrated to
South Africa at the age of 2.
As far back as I can remember, I was always busy sketching and began
my full time professional art career in 1989, when I discovered a
market for wildlife art. Many paintings later, I find myself in the
privilege position where my work is in high demand.
I derive great pleasure from wildlife and nature and respect every
aspect thereof. My favourite pastime is visiting game parks, where I
not only get my reference material from, but also find my
Although I am known for my wildlife I recently started painting
still lives, figures and typical African farm scenes. The
international wildlife art scene is calling my name – I would love
to start painting animals from other countries.
I am honoured to say that my work is well accepted everywhere. My
paintings hang in private and company collections worldwide and I
have been credited and published in numerous magazines and
One of the biggest projects I have done to date was
for a big SA mining Company, Kolomela.
My paintings are owned by
known companies such as Sasol Limited, Sasol Polymers, Sasol clients
in Malaysia and China, Swaziland’s royals, Standard Bank, Comparex
My dream to leave the busy city life behind me became a reality when
we moved to the Bushveld in 2002.
I have so many
times felt only gratitude towards
an animal after a series of photos taken. How do you say thank you
to a leopard, elephant or kudu that has posed for minutes or an hour
close to you? My way of doing this, giving back to nature, and
to show my
love, commitment and admiration to the source of
inspiration is by
donating a painting
on an annual basis. All the proceeds of the auction go to
It is a great privilege and honour for me to be able to share my
talent with people all over the world.
I read somewhere that it is not whether you have the ability to draw
or paint, but to be able to "see" and to understand that
"what" you see, is important.
I believe anyone can learn to draw. It is a skill that can be
developed through practice but to be able to "see" and
understand how things work, then put dimension to it - that is
something totally different, something that is born from deep within
In virtually every piece I include small interesting objects like
guinea fowl feathers, porcupine quills or butterflies: even if just
one of its wings.
I would like to continue painting for as long as we have the beauty
of nature around us and will always strive for
improvement in my work. I do not know how my work will evolve,
but this I do know ... it will always be an honour to share my
talent with the public.
I don't really have to find inspiration to do what I do.
I merely do what I know best.