At art school, we learned to discover and explore our own sources of inspiration. Because I am interested in archaeology and ancient art, I began to draw the excavated building foundations. In the foundations you can distinguish the different rooms in which you can put all kinds of imaginary stories. I made two paintings of the “house of millions of years” of Queen Hatsheput. A temple to continue to serve the cult of the deceased queen.
Maps and the Flower of Life
During the time I was working on this, I received a gift of a pendant of “the flower of life.” This figure has been found in several places around the world in ancient civilizations. This gave me a feeling that it must be an important figure and I began to draw and paint it, to discover something of the secret this figure seems to hold.
Walking through Teylers Museum in Haarlem, I loved to look at all the beautiful collections of fossils and crystals. The museum is the oldest in the Netherlands. Not only the fossils but the whole museum is a preserved information package of the past. The whole environment makes it a wonderful experience.
Cap Griz Nez
The fossils reminded me of vacationing in France, along the Northwest coast. We were staying at a campsite at “Cap Griz Nez” which literally means the cape of the gray nose. The gray pebble beaches and the nose shape of the cape have given it it’s name. The nose sticks out towards the UK and the tip of the nose is the closest point to the UK.
Layers of Algae and other creatures
The white chalk cliffs mirror the cliffs of Dover on the opposite side of the English Channel. The cliffs are formed from layers and layers of algae and other creatures throughout millions of years. The cliffs also have beautiful nature with rare flora and fauna and really worth while a visit.
One day we walked from the gray beach to the white beach, the Cap Blanc Nez. Entering the white beach we saw a group of six or seven people who were gathered around something on the wet sand near the waterline. We could see they were very exited, and when we got closer we saw that they had found a big fossil. My interest in fossils began at that moment, and I was inspired to paint some of them.
More Works About Fossils
These paintings are also kind of like fossils; they are of my early work from around 2008.