How did you get introduced to Miniature art?
I fell in love with it when I was 19 and saw some miniatures in the Rijks museum in Amsterdam. I was fortunate enough to have a professor at the university who allowed me to do an i ndependent study that involved landscape miniature painting.
What is the fun and the challenging part about it?
For me, making it is fun as I love getting lost in the details with tiny brushes, creating miniature worlds and surfacing hours later. The challenging part has been finding an audience and a market for it. For a long time galleries were reluctant to show the work because it didn’t take up much space on the wall, and wasn’t very profitable for them.
What all materials and mediums do you prefer to use?
My current favourite medium is oil on copper, although I have painted on canvas, panel, mylar and plexiglas in the past. All had their advantages, but copper is my favourite for the smooth texture and warm luminosity it brings to anything on top of it.
How much time does it take to complete one project?
Each painting takes between 10-20 hours. The projects are series of paintings, each taking about a year to complete. I’ve recently gone back to finish a series, I started in 2015 called “Cycling Guide to Lilliput”, which was interrupted by the birth of my son.