In 1952 I was born
in Haamstede, right under the lighthouse as the son of the lighthouse
keeper. That is
where I spent my childhood and the dunes were my playground.
For my final exam at the Art academy in 1975 I did a project about the
influence of the wind. I stretched a piece of canvas
between six poles of four meters long pine logs and observed the continuous
changing shapes. This installation was
the beach of Haamstede. In the same year I obtained a studio in Burgh,
a village next to Haamstede. It was an old schoolbuilding,
where I lived and worked until 1982, except one year working in Italy
and six months in the United States. For
working periods I got a scholarship of the government. During this period
in my life I reached my personal subject: 'The
Dynamics of the landscape and myself as a person in the middle of it'.
In 1982 I moved to Middelburg but after three years I returned to Haamstede
where I still work. Over the years I have
deepened my interest in the forever changing landscape and my relationship
with it, I have used more and more factual
information about the landscape and my
concrete presence within.