“My first priority is to create aesthetically interesting paintings and I have always been attracted to the challenge of pictorial realism and learning classical painting techniques. Although the motifs seem carefully considered I am often guided by my intuition when it comes to determining whether a motif will work and when making other choices during the working process. I pursue an understated, mysterious dimension, but this is also best achieved intuitively without a conscious approach. My paintings don’t intentionally need to closely resemble reality. I usually remove distracting elements in the motif or even make major changes if that works better. Besides working as an artist I teach realistic painting and colour theory. I’m a member of the International Guild of Realism.”