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Working with Special Items

Sometimes I have some special items I would like to put in my artwork. For me this feels like capturing a memory or cope with losses. And it doesn’t always need to be sad memories, it can be very positive, like a nice memory of a holiday! It’s just fun to do something special with extraordinary items. I’ve painted with the ashes of my late father in law, but also with pieces of the shell of our turtle. I used branches of the beautiful birch in front of my previous house, lovely leaves from the tree across my current house and found shells and items from a nice weekend away. And my son wanted a special artwork for his room with the gears of his mountainbike in it. In short: special items, processed in a nice way, as a memory to keep forever.

Custom preserved memories

Some moments in life are very difficult.
Some moments in life are very wonderful.
A new beginning … An ending … The start of something new …

An emotionally valuable and lovingly crafted relic
to cherish the many memories.

If you want to, I can make an artwork for you with some special items in it. I would like to hear from you and together we will have a look at the possibilities.

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Artwork with special items

Matter Painting Mixed Media Playing with Nature

In this painting you can find pieces of the shell of our turtle Came. The are at the bottom in the middle. I also used shells I found on a holiday and some branches from the clematis that is in our garden for over 40 years.

Cold Wax Mixed Media In the Forest

This artwork was made with cold wax. I put in some beautiful leaves from the tree across my home and some feathers that were on the ground with them. My mom also gave me some wickerwork to put in a painting, so I did.

mixed media schilderij bedank pap

This painting is about my late father in law and his ashes are in there.

My son really wanted a work of art with the gears of his mountainbike in it.

Mixed Media Serenade

In this painting you can find a picture of me playing my saxophone.


This is one of my first artworks and the picture in it is my first stillborn son.

Mixed media schilderij: Creating Yourself

I put some branches of the beautiful birch tree in front of my previous house in this painting.

Mixed media schilderij: Matter of the Heart

This is a collection of items from a lovely weekend out: first we went to the theatre and then we went for a long walk on the beach were I found lots of items.


For the birthday of my stillborn son I always do something special. Here I made a chandelier with a small bear in it. And I used an old leather bracelet and some pieces of the birch tree in front of my previous house to make this chandelier unique and very personal.

Matter Painting

The world around me in all its beauty inspires me to do matter paintings. If you are truly willing to open your eyes and look around, you will find so many lovely structures and textures and so much depth and diversity in colors. And that is what touches me. For me that is pure emotion and love.

I never make a detailed plan about what I’m going to paint and in what colors. I put out various materials and I just start working on a canvas. My inner is in charge and I like working very intuitive, just playing on my canvas. My work is build up layer by layer. And its very satisfying to play with all the materials and to discover what influence they have on each other.

Used materials in Matter Painting

I only use quality materials.
For coloring the artwork I use Amsterdam Experts Acrylics and Inks, Fluids and High Flow Acrylics from Golden, and other various professional brands. The paint is highly pigmented and the colors are bright and deep and they will last. Besides acrylics I also use pigments, metallic, powders and so on, all from the known professional brands and way to much to mention here in a list.
I also use various mediums (thinners, thickers, gels) of professional brands like Golden and Liquitex. 
And I like to work with Powertex and the family of various materials by Powertex like Easy3DFlex, Stone-Art, Easy Structure, 3D Sand and Balls, and Powerwax.

The canvasses I use are all stretched on a quality stretcher. The panels (canvas boards) I use are from a fine quality, not the cheap ones. I also use wooden Ampersand Boards.
I always paint the sides of a stretched canvas or boards, sometimes in one color, other times in the colors of the painting. You do not need to frame the artwork, but framing in a cradled frame will give the painting a whole new dimension.

I varnish all my artwork for protection and perhaps for a little shine. Some of my artwork is varnished in a Matt finish.