IN THE HERE
1997 I make portraits of people as well as of nature. I look upon
a portrait as an ultimate experience of the moment, comparable to
the Japanese haiku. I work in a western tradition but also feel
the eastern influence of leaving things out and concentrating in
is a person's expression like, what is the atmosphere, which colours
fit that atmosphere? And in the case of human portrait: what else
is characteristic of the personality? The likeness is of course
essential, especially when working in commission. But all the factors
together, the appearance, the mood, the colours, the light, the
brush strokes, etc. define the character of the portrait of a person,
a landscape, or any other phenomenon in nature.
can only be lived from one moment to the next it is important to
show the experience of that moment. In this way the history of the
world is told. The subject may be a mountain in Greece, a sky in
the south-east of Amsterdam, a tree in the south of France, a favourite
writer, one's own child, a friend, or a member of the multicultural
choir, to express whatever strikes me in an intensive experience.
That is what it is all about in the portraits.
my drawing and painting lessons to a.o. Cornelie Bartlema, Mieke
Dillo and Inge Schagen, and my lessons in life to a.o. Thich Nath
Hanh, Paolo Coëlho, Meindert van den Heuvel and Marijke Moers
Christine de Jong