After my first oilpaintinglesson of a Russian
artacademy teacher, I never stopped painting. I finished an illustrator course, followed workshops and masterclasses and dove into instructional books and magazines.
In Oman I said to a friend: "My dream is to
have my own exhibition some day". She said: "Why don't you?". Ofcourse, why didn't I. Past the fear of showing my paintings to others and open up to criticism, I held my first big exhibition and
it almost sold out on the opening night. That was a huge push in the right direction.
Since then I have been
exhibiting regularly and painting commissions. I paint plein air and in my studio. I have lived in Russia, Oman, Qatar and the US - every country had his own (art)challenges and has
been been super valuable for me.
Back in my base country now, the
Netherlands.Every day I am
inspired by things and views around me. If I can't paint, it feels like a missed opportunity.
"Coffee at the Damrak"
oil on canvas
Prize winning painting at Pintar Rapido 2016
Newspaperarticle of my first exhibition, Muscat, Oman.