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During one of my exhibitions in the Netherlands, I saw a young couple getting excited about my work. “Delightful, those round buttocks!” the young man exclaimed. Awhile later, I was complimented on the same painting by an older lady. “Beautiful orchid!” she said.
The elegant flexibility of my abstract art is perfectly captured in this contradiction: my passion and my search for beauty, combined with the space I offer the viewer – or rather, the beholder – to find his own picture, her own reality. The above story explains why I never title my paintings and fold my signature into the wet paint.Oil paints and their textural possibilities are essential to my art. By playing around with structures, beautiful and powerful accents arise. Accents that, by their subtle progression in the painting and the fading away of colours, make the experience of my art strongly individual. To me as the creator, and to you as the beholder.
That is why my art fits just as easily in the taut atmosphere of a large white space as in the more bustling ambiance of a full living room. The feeling of creating so much freedom makes me happy.
And to my delight, also many of you! Hetty
The Art of Making and Observing
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