I am developing towards painting with a rich texture of oil paint, making contrasts in light and dark, warm and cold colours, and complementary contrasts. I make a focal point in each painting to draw the viewer’s attention. To influence the viewer, I incorporate quantitative uses of paint in the composition. I also use colour in order to achieve moodiness and atmosphere in my work.
My ambition is to find a balance between the abstract and the figurative, so that the viewer has a ‘feel’ of what the painting means, rather than looking at a ‘straight’ picture. I experiment with different media; lately with tape. I don’t want my paintings to be solely pretty pictures; the tape emphasizes myself in the paintings but also challenges. Does the tape add or detract and thus a conversation is started.
I want my paintings to convey moods as well as what I love in life, including nature and my connection to it, whether that is the sea, my cats, or the trees. What distinguishes my work from others is the fact that I am a Dutch Australian. I grew up here in the Netherlands with Australian parents so that I feel connected to both the Netherlands as well as to Australia. But I am also fated to long for the country I am not in. This longing is portrayed in my paintings. By painting the Australian landscape I don’t feel quite so homesick.. (What would happen if I lived in Australia??!!)