Hello Curious One!
Let me tell you: I grew up at the doorstep of the North Sea in a town called IJmuiden (Netherlands). We lived in a massive concrete flat, seven high. The first few years of life provide a base to identify with as we know. And I remember vividly the howling wind coming from sea, bringing in the sound of waves. The sea was always present. It made quite the impression on the young boy. I have grown to believe that the spontaneous rhythms of nature, the fluidity of wind and water, are pivotal for what drives me creatively.
And on that note of fluidity: I do not create by numbers, no template to work from. That would not excite me either. The element of the unknown is an important motivation. So what I do is this: I cause a situation of chaos, and then start to shape it, create from it. The substance of chaos is the perfect starting point of original creation. This kind of chaos approach I relate to a primal, Genesis 1, experience. You should feel the paintings resonate in your inner sanctum, a place for eyes to rest upon, like the calm after a flood. Approaches may be different, but art comes mostly to me as Da Vinci would say: where the spirit works with the hand, there is art. An exercise in letting go, trust. The results are powerful and authentic .
Check it out and make up your mind if what I said makes sense.
There are many ideas about what art actually is. And I like to think that people who love art, have a profound love for nature and meaningful adventures. But whatever you think, I believe that art is always this: a mirror that offers to know:
What do you see?
The way you answer that question, is what gives art it’s value. For the value of art, is in what it may show you. This is how I measure the right for art to exist. In art I am looking to provide enriching conversations. (dramatic Marc).
So you made it to this point? Well done!
These things are tough to write, like talking to myself, which I have no problems with, but I realize you are reading this. So it is not really myself talking to. If you would like to know more, ask me using the contact form. That will be between you and me.
Where is your journey going?
Ps I. I have a special skill: I make frog sounds.
Ps II. I did not make this painting. You can find it in the Mesdag Collection – Den Hague.