I engage in my own quiet battle against this increasingly frenetic world we are living in with colorful and vibrant abstract artworks that offer a moment of beauty and harmony.
I work in both acrylics and oil or mixed media on paper, canvas and panel.
My works start with marks or shapes on which I build layer by layer. As a process-oriented painter, I never plan a painting or work from sketches, I just decide to start and one mark, shape or color will suggest the next color or gesture.
I love to play and experiment with color and materials.
For me, being an artist is all about finding my way as I go. The not knowing when I approach a new canvas or paper is challenging and liberating at the same time. My goal is to bring about breathing life onto the surface of the painting with stream of consciousness gesture, mark making and energy.
I build up and destroy. With each layer I seek answers and I add or subtract elements to obtain a new equilibrium, reflecting life today and the balance we need to find within.
The human mind and the influence of our past experiences on our current experiences is another theme throughout my work. I found that oil & cold wax with its soft, transparent consistency is an ideal material for expressing the layered nature of memory. I create the rich and complex surfaces with physical depth by applying multiple thick and thin transparent and opaque layers of oil & cold wax while scratching in it with different tools.
With my paintings, I want to offer the viewer a moment to balance and a space to wander.
I was born in Aalst (Belgium), moved to Brussels where I studied at the VUB and got my Master in Psychology.
In 1998 I decided to enter the Art Academy in Liedekerke/Belgium. There I discovered a real passion for abstract art, so I completed art school with advanced workshops and courses on abstract art.
For me, being an artist is about continually evolving, it’s about searching and finding my way as I create. It’s about experimentation and keeping experimenting in order to evolve and be able to create works that astonish me. Therefore, playing and experimenting with color, materials and ideas, are part of my daily practice.
I live and work in Ternat near Brussels and some periods of the year in Spain.
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