After mastering the techniques of oil and water colour painting, I began to experiment with other materials such as acrylic paints, charcoal, glues, paper etc. as stand alone materials or in varying combinations. Over time - in addition to my purely figurative work inspired largely by Dutch river and polder landscapes - the "figurative-abstract" style evolved which one sees in much of my work today. Here I fuse recognizable elements - such as birds, faces and vases - in an abstract fantasy surrounding.

 The colour is always the foundation that I build on in my paintings - elaborating lay by lay the structure towards a result that communicates a perfect balance between colour and form.

 In addition to the Dutch landscape, an important source of inspiration for me, are the old Ottoman and Hellenic cultures - influences which I absorbed while studying Turkisch (1981-1988) and during visits to Turkey and Greece.

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