As a self-taught painter I was fortunate to have been born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in a part of the city called the “Painters Neighborhood”. My street was named after the painter Jan Steen.
It was not until I was well in my fifties, while teaching English at an Art School in Kwangju City, South Korea, that I was introduced to oil painting by students and faculty. I had my first exhibition in Kwangju in 2000.
Upon my return to Toronto in 2001, I continued painting and joined a figure painting group, painting live from the model called “Artist’s 25”. In 2003, I enrolled as a part time student in the painting/drawing department of, OCAD University, (Ontario College of Art and Design). I have completed the 3rd year of the BFA. (Bachelor of Fine Art)
I have been painting in Qingdao for 2 years while teaching English after I retired from teaching high school in Toronto.
My subject interest in Qingdao has been a focus on traditional Chinese fishing boats, landscapes and cityscapes, but I have also continued to paint figure and still lives.
My style has naturally gravitated towards expressionism and my choice of color tends to be bright and light. I have been called a “colorist”. Van Gogh has said: “there is no blue without orange”. I think he could have added “yellow” to that.