How did you start making art?

As a little kid I was sick a lot, when other where playing outside, I was drawing. So I started at a young age, always drawing and creating. When I was fifteen or sixteen years old I wanted to go to Art school, but I was told I couldn’t. I stopped making art. Maybe 5 or 6 years ago I started drawing again. First a little bit and soon every spare moment I had. Art became a way of dealing with my traumas and it became part of my healing process.

Did you go to art school?

At the moment I’m still in art school and I’m in my third year.

How does your creative process looks like?

It always starts with me having something inside my head. A big idea all planned out, or just a glimpse or how it should be. Sometimes it has to do with stuff I’m going true at the moment. I really hate sketching, that isn’t my thing. But sometimes I make a little scribble of my idea, so I won’t forget about it. I think about my idea for a few days, work out the details in my head. Think how I want to draw it, search for references or take reference pictures myself. When I got it all planned out, I start my painting. First lines are with a pencil. After that depending on the materials I use. I love to work with watercolors. I just don’t like the waiting (for it to be dry), so most of the time I work on two projects at the same time.

Why so many skulls?

I draw and paint a lot of skulls. And this is a question I get a lot. Skulls symbolize for me both death and life. Skulls are just as they are. They don’t have a second layer, no lies, no deeper emotions. They can’t betray you, they can’t lie to you. But most people think they are scary, because they are death and symbolize death. But if you can accept death as a part of life you can see how beautiful they are. I think they are beautiful and pure and I love to paint them.

Do you do commissions?

I love to do commissions. Please contact me if you have an idea and we can talk about the possibilities.

How can I support you?

First of all a big thanks for taking the time to check out my art and my website! You can follow me on Facebook or Instagram. Following and engaging helps more than you know! You can also support me by purchasing a print or an original in my shop or by ordering a commission.

What kind of supplies do you use?

I use a big variety of supplies. When I make a watercolor painting I don’t just use watercolors. I prefer to work with high quality materials. They are more expensive, but you really notice the difference in the quality and the colors will stay the same for years to come. Watercolor: My favorite watercolors are Winsor & Newton Professional water colour. They have beautiful colors and the perfect amount of pigment. They also claim the colors will appear the same for generations to come. I also use the watercolors from van Gogh and Rembrandt. Acrylic: I’m a big fan of acrylic markers, I use them for details in paintings. I have Amsterdam from Royal Talens and One4All from Molotow. I mostly use them for black and white details.