I hear the voice of my oldest brother in my head. "Hey, artist!"
As a six-year-old child I was called by him as an “artist”. He could clearly predict the future.
As a child, I didn't like toys. I was very satisfied with pencils, paint, markers,… I could spend hours doing that.
Since then I have always been interested in people. What inspires me is how complex "man" actually is. Think of all factors: education, character, religion, society, culture,.. And above that, how contradictory man can be.. Contradiction inspires me.
I have always been busy with art on my own. I knew what I wanted to make. At one point I felt that I needed someone who could teach me something. I asked myself the question: am I an artist or not? When do you become an artist? Although many said that I was already an artist..
I had to look for a real artist. Someone who knew perfectly what art is. That's when I met my art teacher and artist Herman Maes. Thanks to him, thanks to his knowledge, I have been able to call myself an artist after three years.
My works are usually layered, based on research and searched. There is always a touch, or more, of symbolism incorporated in it. That is precisely why the preliminary studies are very important so that the overall picture is in harmony. Each element must be in connection with each other. Every color, tone and shape must provide a passage to the work. The composition is also very important. In summary: complexity and contradiction inspires me, so that's how I proceed. Organized and very disciplined.
Each brush stroke is applied in a controlled manner. I try to create a mysterious atmosphere that the viewer cannot access, even if it is a portrait or a still life.
As mediums, I don't like to experiment. It is very basic and invariable: oil paint, turpentine, linseed oil, brushes and a canvas. I like it the classic way.
In these times of the pandemic, I do not experience any difficulties with being at home. I have always called myself a "studio sparrow". There have been days when I never left my studio. So I was trained to be at home. I usually get the question: "Isn't it tiring to paint for so long hours?" Then I will be happy! Because painting is usually linked to relaxation. Painting may (but preferably not) be relaxing. It is always a struggle with yourself. A struggle between the material and the immaterial. How relaxing can it be to put a "feeling" (because a painting is a material feeling/tought/idea ?) On canvas? I would like to conclude with a phrase that I often repeat: "Painting is a spiritual activity."