Artist's statement

Graduated in Economics at the University of Amsterdam.
Fulltime painter and writer since 2000. 

Experiences early in life gave me a permanent sense of temporality and haste, a source of discomfort but also of increased sensitivity to the comforts of light and vitality. This basic state of being, the undercurrent that is always present under everyday emotions, is what I try to express. I paint on the iPad, switching between programs for raster and vector painting. Vector painting is a deliberate process, more like paper cutting than painting. Forms are bold, colors are monochrome or mixed into very regular gradients. It forces you to focus on simple forms and strong colors, it is as if you step back in childhood, always a happy thing to do. But vector is also a difficult medium to express feelings. I discovered that I need the messy multicolor of raster and the imperfections of my hand holding a real virtual brush. Raster has a natural softness to it, there is room for surprises, accidents and mistakes, and the process is spontaneous. It's more like singing. When finished, I enlarge the work to the size I want the print to be and correct the raster parts by hand.

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