I have drawn my entire lifetime. Portraits have always been the utmost challenge.
Even in school when learning to write, I tried to make faces out of numbers, creating smiles in threes and fives. I could get lost in this fantasy. Soon the schoolmaster noticed my aberration: ‘Stop dreaming Bennie!’ From that time, it started to go wrong with me at school and did not get any better in the years to come. But I did not suffer much from my maladjustment because silently I knew it would all be ok with me later. That has indeed come true. Out of my disability I have been able to make my strongest weapon. My guarantee of independence. I have been very lucky.