As an art student in Amsterdam, I learnt
the technical and traditional art of drawing and painting and was
taught to observe the world around me. My early career as an art
teacher included a post at a secondary school; a year as an exchange
teacher in Los Angeles, USA and a few years at my former teacher
training college in Amsterdam. I was then appointed to teach drawing,
documentation and perspective at the HTS(Higher Technical College
for Architecture and Design, Utrecht) where art was about depicting
the reality of the real world as closely as possible.
By 1990, having retired from teaching, I decided to start afresh.
This time my aim was to create art through the honest representation
of images, colours, shapes, lines, contrasts, rhythms and changes – producing
work that would not represent a recognizable or known structure
but be an art form in its own right. Initially, I would title the
works with names to distinguish them from one another but then
to avoid suggesting their meaning to the viewer, I would simply
name them 'Vandylism'. I can not claim that all my work has been
created purely from within. The influence of the surrounding countryside
and the light of North Holland continue to inspire me.