I painted this portrait of President Obama on the occasion of the Nuclear Security Summit in 2014. The Hague is in the spotlight for the whole world to see, so many world leaders in my backyard, that is a special and unique event. By portraying the initiator of the Summit, Barack Obama, I wanted to
This is a photograph of the architectural drawing with watercolour, from the OPCW building in The Hague. I made this on behalf of the OPCW and it was presented during the opening of the new building, to the director of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, during his term of office. Twenty thousand lithographs of the
My husband and I recently visited Restaurant Gember in The Hague. To our surprise, the Royal family just walked past our table. The chance that you bump into these people is normally very small. Nice to see that the Royal family can sit in a public place without being disturbed and without any visible
What a surprise, André Kuipers visits my Studio. For the exhibition “You are a child of your time” at Estec in Noordwijk, I painted two portraits of Da Vinci and André Kuipers and swopped them to their own era. The astronaut in the clothing from the middle ages and Da Vinci in a space suit.
The Gala took place at the Grand Hotel Huis Ter Duin in Noordwijk. One of the artworks that were auctioned was one of my copies of Rembrandt’s self-portraits. The painting ‘Self-portrait by Rembrandt from 1634’ was auctioned by none other than Jop Libbens, the director of the famous Christies auction house. Jeanette van Beek, the
The face of Nelson Mandela speaks volumes. His eyes look at you with a look of peace and quiet, but you can also see from his face that he has suffered a great deal. One of my favorite quotes of his: ‘It always seems impossible until it is done’. – Nelson Mandela Rest in peace
This is the first dogs portrait of 2017. His name is Hinault, a beautiful dog with beautiful black fur. Normally I make my own photos. But Hinault did not live in the neighbourhood, so I worked on an existing photo. I have worked with oil paint, French Ultramarine, Raw Umber, Dioxin Purple and White. Are
We enjoyed our well-attended exhibition ‘Faces from the Twenties’, during the ADAF 2016 in Amsterdam. More than 3000 enthusiastic art lovers visited the fair, including many students from our own studio. We also enjoyed meeting the desendence of one of the featured portraits ‘Alice Schwarz’. She was the mother of the famous Dutch Writer, Harry