My work is centered around my strong fascination with people. As long as I can remember I have looked at people and the signals they emit in wonder. It probably finds its origin in my observing nature. I look in wonder at the emotions we are capable of, feelings and how they express themselves. A face and posture that sometimes can be read as an open book, and sometimes tries to hide or repress it obsessively. My painting is also an exercise in selfreflection. Whilst painting I will think, wonder and ponder about some thing or other that is keeping me busy. This will express itself in the image I am working on. I wish you much viewing pleasure.


In my portraits I try to show more than just a good likeness. Give the viewer a litle something about the person behind the image. A character trait, an expression.


Expressions become stronger if all distractions have been taken away. If there is nothing to divert or hide behind. It is my attempt at communicating with the viewer. Direct contact with the emotions.


Practice begets art, and sometimes this gets out of hand. A technique I am trying, an effect that I’m after, or just an expression. Some disappear into the dark recessess of my studio, others don’t.


Ideas that capture me, or force me into some form of expression. Sometimes images are a better medium than words. This leads to an exploration of its meaning, and ultimately selfreflection.

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