Little bio:

Born and raised in Arnhem, the Netherlands, I've lived in the USA since 2003.


In the Netherlands I went to the "Akademie voor Beeldende Kunst" (Art School) in Arnhem and graduated from the "Grafisch Lyceum" (Graphic Design) in Utrecht.


I expresses myself in painting (oils, acrylics and encaustic) and sometimes photography (black & white and color).


Inspiration sources:

Nature's organic shapes,

Architect Antonio Gaudi and other Spanish artists like Dali and Picasso,

French impressionist Monet (Water Lilies !),

And of course the Dutch artists Vincent van Gogh, Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt, Jan Toorop and

Carel Willink.


Favorite art and design styles: 

Art Nouveau (Jugendstil),




For recent updates on my work and events visit my Facebook page or subscribe to my Newsletter (see below).          

"Creative mind

Where do you wander?

Complex mind

Makes me ponder

All directions or none at all

Never mind my mind

Just let go

O, aching heart

Joyous, loving thing

Give into the passion

Water should flow

Banging on rocks

Washing ashore

Colorful strokes

Straight from the core"

                     LINKS other artists:         




                     Fred Knippen:

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