Jan loved to draw and paint when he was a child already and has returned to his passion for the arts as soon as his career in the medical sector ended, at the beginning of the 2000 s. He then began a five year training at the Gooise Academy of Laren where he got teaching in various techniques, graphic and visual
He restarted his career in oil painting ,which he thoroughly enjoys, and the trading it for the watercolor two years later after following some masterclasses.
He was so in love with this technique, that he never changed more until nowadays.
Jan is driven by the pleasure he finds in recreating atmosphere and lights found in the land and seascapes around him. He enjoys representing urban settings and maritime subjects.
Using different tones and shadings, the painter commits to capturing the beauty that inhabits the places he visits, giving them a sensitivity that is doubled with a latent poetry , which he strives to communicate with the viewer.
Since 2015 Jan has been a committee member of the Dutch Branch of the International Watercolor Society (IWS) – a non-profit organization devoted to promote watercolor- and has participated in many collective events that enabled him to share his works all around the world.
In addition, he teaches his passion and skills to many amateurs by offering classes and workshops ,did win a lot of prestigious awards and published in several well known magazines.
By devoting himself daily and consistently to the perfection and transmission of his technique ,the artist earned the prestigious title of “Master” in the international organization of IWS World in April 2017
Nomination painting of the year 2015
Hahnemuhle first price 2017
Honorable award IWS Pakistan 2017
Gawa Finalist award 2018
Exhibition price Galleria Esde, Sardegna 2018
First price Gawa landscpapes 2019
Finalist galleria Esde 2019
Finalist Sareh’s Gallery, Moscow 2019
Silver Award Mondial Art Academy 2020
Nomination Fabriano 2020 biennale contest
Book: Cohen’s choice
Book: Contemporary artists vol. V111
Pratique des Arts magazine
Art of Watercolor magazine
L’art de l’Aquarelle magazine
Book: Watercolor Secrets.