Meet the artist...
My paintings reflect my own quiet battle against this increasingly frenetic world we are living in. My mission is to create colorful and vibrant abstract artworks that offer the viewer a moment of beauty and harmony and a space to wander.
My inspiration and process is life itself. I'm fascinated by the human mind with all its complex mysteries and by the immense beauty of nature.
There are so many analogies between the process of painting and life in general. Life is largely unplanned, you have to respond to what shows up along your path. There are moments of joy, frustration, sadness. All these feelings occur in the process of painting too. Painting is like living a life in a nutshell and my paintings reflect the balance we (need to) find in life.
I work in both acrylics and oil or mixed media on paper, canvas and panel. My works start with marks or shapes on which I build layer by layer. As a process-oriented painter, I never plan a painting or work from sketches, I just decide to start and one mark, shape or color will suggest the next color or gesture.
I love to play and experiment with color and materials. It’s all about finding my way as I go and the not knowing when I approach a new canvas or paper is challenging and liberating at the same time. My goal is to bring about breathing life onto the surface of the painting with gesture, mark making and energy. I build up and destroy. With each layer I seek answers and I add or subtract elements to obtain a new equilibrium. Sometimes I use a concept or a theme as a starting point, but I mainly let the painting guide me.
I was born in Aalst (Belgium), moved to Brussels where I studied at the VUB and got a Master in Psychology. But my interest in art remained and about twenty years later, I decided to do it properly. I started a formal training at the Art Academy in Liedekerke where I obtained my drawing and painting certificate and discovered my passion for abstract art. I continued to explore art on my own, complemented with advanced art workshops.
Private collections in USA, UK, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium
Kunstroute Kortemark (Belgium)
Crossing Borders/10dence gallery (Global Art Project) - Ghent (Belgium)
Art trail Tervuren (Belgium)
Gallery Sobo Bade - Dakar (Senegal)
Kunstbeurs, Kortrijk (Belgium)
Exhibition CC Strombeek (Belgium)
ArtTiestenToer, Tervuren (Belgium)
Open Atelier Ternat (Belgium)
Linéair, Dilbeek (Belgium)
Kunstzomer, Leke (Belgium)
A visual Conversation, Asse (Belgium)
Guest artist at Lydia Smets (Belgium)
E-Musée, Ghent (Belgium)
MAP, Eeklo (Belgium)
Porter Novelli business event (Belgium)
RV Contemporary Art, Kortrijk (Belgium)
Espace Art Gallery, Brussels (Belgium)
Gallery Artstudio, Knokke (Belgium)
Fuchs & Associés (Luxemburg)
CASC Europe (Luxemburg)
ArtHill Gallery (Belgium)
Miele International (Luxemburg)
AG2R - La Mondiale, LU
Erste Europaische Bank (Luxemburg)
Banque Lloyds TSB (Luxemburg)
Art Gallery Gerda De Jonghe – Lennik (Belgium)
Galerie Kunstobjectief – Lochristi (Belgium)
Salon International de Sainte Marie la Mer (France)
Salon International des Arts Contemporains à Bruxelles (Belgium)
54e Salon International des arts plastiques de Béziers (France)
Art gallery Schepens – Zele (Belgium)