“I love making portraits. For as long as I can remember, I want to draw portraits.
Except for a ‘horse phase’, you will mostly find faces, eyes, noses and mouths in
my old sketchbooks. At this moment I’m working on a series revolving around my family.
This came about quite naturally. After a drawing of my niece, I really wanted to
capture my pregnant sister, which of course led to a drawing of her with her baby
boy and of him as a toddler. Family from before my time are also a source of inspiration;
I’m now working on drawings and paintings around my great-grandparents.
It can also be complete strangers that have that special something I want to try
and capture. And every now and again, I exchange people for animals with expressive
eyes such as cats and owls. So in a sense they’re still portraits. I work on various
sizes and surfaces.
In my charcoal drawings I play with light, dark and leaving out lines and I use different
textures or toned backgrounds. My oil paintings are fairly classical with some loose
marks here and there.
Whatever material I’m working with, I mainly focus, besides likeness, on capturing
a look in someone’s eyes, because that is what draws me the most to portraiture.
For the foreseeable future, I’ll definitely continue with this; there are many looks
to capture and I’m nowhere near done collecting them all.”