About

MY PROFILE

Welcome,

Born in a small village in Belgium, I like to describe myself as an American with European roots, very happy to live in the magical San Francisco Bay Area.
Fastre Artist at workSelf taught, I have been drawing and painting for more than 30 years. During that time, I have been able to combine my passion with a very successful international business career.

During those years, I had the opportunity to work in 29 different countries. I have seen beautiful and iconic places that have printed indelible memories in my mind, becoming the subjects of my artwork.

Even if I recently started oil and acrylic painting, my preferred and most praised medium is watercolor. I like the spontaneity of the technique, less being often more, the interaction between the water, the paper and the pigments. I like the challenges of painting in “reverse” when the white of clouds or waves need to be reserved as the paper itself.

Virtually all my paintings have water as subject or included in the subject, often the Pacific ocean, but also a river in Holland, a lake in Finland, a marsh in Belgium, a lighthouse in Ireland, gondolas on the Gran Canale in Venezia… and much more…

Recently, I was featured in the Los Altos Town Crier. Please have a look at my work in the following pages.

Wishing you a great visit!


MY ARTWORK

My artwork consists essentially of watercolor paintings of different sizes, the 20″ x 16″ making the largest part. I love to paint seascapes or lakes and rivers. I plan to bring this work to shows and festivals of Arts, both in original format and also in the form of limited edition of 5 giclees for the most recent paintings.

AJF-Booth-artshow-Oxnard-2017-website_smallIn addition to the above, every year, I create Holiday Seasons greeting cards. I intend to present these to the Art Show as an integral part of my work. These unique cards have become a bestseller and a way to start a conversation.

I recently was asked to extend the greeting cards subject to the watercolor paintings.

Lastly, I started to create birch veneer wooden TV trays with an image of my paintings laminated over the wooden basis. They turned to be a very successful item, combining a day-to-day houseware piece with an image of a recent vacation or iconic place. Great way to start a conversation among visiting friends.
Sunset in Kanaapali Maui

The goal I pursue with the different variations of my work is to offer a variety of ways to share my work, and to address the different tastes of people appreciating art in different forms.