was born in Bandung, Indonesia in 1939 but spent my formative years in
The Netherlands. Since then I have lived in Edmonton and Athabasca, AB
and immigrated permanently to Canada with my family in 1982 and in 1992
settled in the Okanagan Valley. Following my dream to a fine arts degree
later on in life, in 1996 I received a BFA from the University of Victoria.
I am most inspired by the colours of time-worn carpets and the ancient
façades of East-Indian, Turkish and Indonesian architecture and
try to explore those energies connected with colour and meditation. I
spend time removing the layers of paint to bring the work back to its
core, its abstract essence, its spirituality. Manipulating the paint,
developing the surface, peeling, adding and subtracting layers, looking
beyond the surface seen by the eye and exposing fundamental differences
between layers brings me great spiritual satisfaction.
My focus is also on beholding the ephemeral nature of gardens and especially
flower petals, from their robust youth to their delicate, ethereal withering,
for I feel that objects that perish slowly have a nobility of their own.