Sometimes I wonder why I want to paint a good portrait. Where does that fervour come from? I've never been able to answer that question. And it should stay like that, I guess. That everlasting urge, that gruelling passion; I have learned to live with it. I say learned, because it was not always an easy road. More than once, I was jealous of people without any ambition.
About inspiration, I have a clearer picture. I can very much enjoy somethingthat is really perfect and where I feel an instant connection with my own work. This could be a beautiful painting by Singer Sargent, but also a fantastic goal from Barcelona soccer player Lionel Messie can inspire me to do my outmost to paint a perfect portrait. However, often it is music that moves me. Classical, but also pop or country. I show two videos here which greatly affect me. The simplicity and perfection appeals to me over and over again. It makes me happy. I would love to paint in that way! (click the Jason Mraz video on Watch on Youtube)