I assemble original photography, assorted papers, acrylics, oil, charcoal, ink, and pencil in my works. The variety of resources I am able to use has proved indispensable to me. The biggest challenge the collage medium posed was its unforgiving lack of transparency. Finding a way to replicate the effects of transparency afforded by paint, especially watercolours, was “a large victory” for me. The preparing labor shows through in my collages; layer upon layer of material remains visible in the finished pieces.
I believe my body of work is characterized by my skill for reinvention. Having always loved the appearance of weathered walls plastered with peeling paint and old posters, I revive this aesthetic with hopefully a keen and professional eye. My tableaus explore the dissonance between old and new materials, intertwined in the most beautiful possible way to create dreamlike and melancholy images.
My formative years as an artist were spent studying at the Art Academy in Den Bosch, NL. Today, I regard myself as self-taught, having developed my own distinct style out of the untraditional medium of collage. My work unites a variety of materials in careful compositions that I pride for their storytelling ability.
"I think that now more than ever, the recurring themes in my portfolio are highly relevant. My art depicts the current state of the world, and how our children grow up in an often unfair as well as the deteriorating environment. Yet, it is precisely the children's ability to transcend difficult situations and find joy and light in the darkest surroundings that are the much-needed hope for the future. Sustainability is also integrated into my works through the materials I use. Most of these are materials have been repurposed to be used in my artworks." - db Waterman
"The creative objective of my work is to make something beautiful out of dilapidation."