education, motivation and inspiration
After a 5-years part-time drawing- education at the Municipal Academy of Fine Arts in Arendonk, Belgium I did the 3-years specialization Drawing. I also attended workshops making monoprints: prints made by acryl paint on paper in which imprints are made with several objects. These prints I use as a base of my drawings. In 2017 I started the online course 'Experimenting with collage' at the MoMa in New York.
From a young age I had a fascination of
our past and our future and tracks we leave behind. In earlier jobs
as a police officer and as an assistant-archeologist I was, among other
things, occupied researching tracks and in my last job at ProRail I
literally dealed with tracks and 'railway affairs'.
My mind is chaotic, my thoughts flash back and forth and in a conversation I go from one subject to the other. That chaos reflects in my collages and drawings and in the prints I make. In some of the paintings of Gerhard Richter I recognize the same chaos.
To face the chaos I organize structure in my drawings and show it in my work by certain arrangements. I occasionally wondered if searching for grip in structures is a reason why I am touched by the interplay of lines in a space or a building, like a row of trees, lines in a landscape of the lines of rails.