When it comes to painting; I am a late bloomer. I was born in Brussels and it is when I moved to Connecticut in 1990; that I decided to take some painting lessons with Victoria Popadack, a famous watercolorist. Prior to that; I never had any formal training as a painter. Neither did I study art. I did not get serious about art till I retired and moved to North Carolina. As much as I was enthralled with watercolors; I started feeling dissatisfied, searching for more depth and richness. That is when I discovered acrylic…. I love colors and my palette is very colorful. I love to paint directly without much drawing.
I believe that often the best paintings are the ones that happen spontaneously. It is not always so much what I draw, but perhaps what I don’t draw that makes a drawing or illusion work. I believe that a painting should be loose, free and full of spontaneity, something that looks as though it has been painted in a very short time. I very seldom have a plan, except to grow and get better. I would say I am an impressionist because it allows for a little more play and freedom. My subject matters vary from local scenes to animals, flowers, boats and more. I see my art as a creation of illusions. I am a great believer in considering the spirit or feel of a place or subject. I am prepared to sacrifice accuracy in order to capture atmosphere and mood. There is always more to master. I am in constant search for the magic.