I am a landscape painter who explores the elusive territory between the familiar and mysterious. I am drawn to effects of light, mostly dawn, dusk, mist, and moonlight.
Most of the time, I fall in love with a scene on the spot. Usually, it’s the light that catches my eye and makes me look at it more closely. I would sometimes paint on the spot or I take photos for references.
Over the years I have tried several oil painting techniques and have settled on a dark, thinned under painting which serves as a first layer and where I can correct placement, flow, line, and composition as I proceed. Gradually I build up the layers of paint, and color-correct as I go along.
Some of the late masters who have influenced my work are Joseph Israels, Joseph Breitner, Anton Mauve, Corot, Weissenbruch, and my grandfather, the painter Berend Adrianus Bongers.
I have been told that I capture the light in all my paintings and my viewer feels at home and at peace in a place that they recognize. I paint to create beautiful and uplifting art, and because it fulfills me.