I was educated as an architect and planner at the Eindhoven Technical University. During my study I was influenced by the architecture of Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn – both seeking new ways of organising space and construction as well as space and light. I also discovered that architecture and art are very much related which became clear to me in the transparency studies of Rowe and Slutzky.
In these studies emphasis was laid on the relation between the approach of space in the paintings of Cézanne and Braque and the designs of the houses by Le Corbusier.
In my later work as an urban planner I worked out this idea of transparency in an application of organising the urban space in three dimensions. This resulted in various publications and proposals for a multi layered town and infrastructure development in amongst others in Delft railway area and the Waal riverfront in Arnhem.
At the end of the seventies of the last century I started painting at the Psychopolis Art Academy in The Hague. During this period I created abstractions and still lives inspired by the search for composition. Discussions in the atelier with Wil Bouthoorn, my teacher at that time, opened up new horizons. I explored stage settings in the atelier and perhaps this is when my fascination with De Staël began.