I was inspired by my uncle Sjeff van Roon a well renowned and respected traditional fine art painter of his time when, as a young lad, I used to hang at his studio in The Hague, Holland.
I was always sketching and studying images absorbing anything to do with art. I learnt early on that the bones of all fine art are good drafting skills and keen observation.
In 1959, when I was 10, my family migrated to Sydney. I eventually began studies at the Jullian Ashton Academy of Arts. Unfortunately, studies were cut short due to military and family commitments. A work accident in 2009 forced an early retirement. My wife and daughter urged me back into art my ability was still there and improved with daily practice, leading to sales.
I joined the RSASA in 2011, and in 2018 received my Fellowship. I work in oils and love portraiture. people and animals, as well as landscapes, still life, and heritage and environmental issues.
I consider myself to be mainly self taught, and continually study and work to reach higher levels since this is a journey motivated by a desire to create fine works of art.