Painting with watercolour is for me an exciting adventure!!! says Gerard Hendriks with enthusiasm
Gerard Hendriks was born in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
He is married, lives in Beek en Donk a small village near Eindhoven. He wanted to become an artist at the early age of ten. Gerard says “From the very moment that I could hold a pencil, I started to draw. After a while I also began to use the brush and I have never stopped painting since. „Through the years, I have taught myself all the techniques, from abstract to figurative and combinations of both.”
Sport, dancing and still-lives are themes that Hendriks has painted for years. Nowadays it is wildlife and flowers that inspires him. “For years I have made realistic oil paintings of still-lives and animals, however, after a while this way of painting became less and less satisfactory. Everything was there, true to reality, but to my mind the painting lacked something. I could not put my heart into my work and the results did not surprise me anymore.”
Hendriks decided to start working with Watercolor in a “less strict and more relaxed” way. “I really enjoy the free and more abstract style, because I can put my heart into it. Birds, animals, people, still-lives and other objects remain recognisable, but the colour does not have to be necessarily realistic.”
The artist puts his subjects down in a flashing and colourful way in watercolour paint, “The way I use the paint, makes it a regular surprise as to how it will look in the end. I also feel free to scribble, sketch and splashing. Only the artistic end-result counts. It is my intention that the spectator is involved in giving his or her own meaning to the painting. For me it’s an exciting adventure, a kind of safari from behind the easel.” I paint every day, partly because I have pleasure in it makes me happy and partly to learn ( an athlete must also work to get better ). I regularly give Workshops en Demonstrations.
Please visit his website for more information www.gerardhendriks.net