Frans de Leij

I studied Biology at the University of Wageningen (The Netherlands) and I have been studying soils and the creatures that live in them for the last 30 years.  Despite my fascination for the muddy world of worms and other creepy crawlies my paintings are motivated by light.  In particular I am attracted by the way light, shade and atmospheric conditions unify objects within the landscape.  Furthermore, I like the feeling of space and tranquillity that is found in the natural world. The challenge for me, as an artist, is to get these emotional qualities transmitted to paper, allowing them to be shared with others.


Whereas I am entirely self taught, I am very much influenced by the impressionist paintings of Trevor Chamberlain, Edward Wesson, Edward Seago, and Nina Engle. If I had to characterize my painting style I would say that my paintings are a combination of broad washes, random spatters and precise drawing to convey a realistic impression of a given subject.



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  1. chris Dawson avatar
    chris Dawson Mar 9, 2012

    This is a test to check the comments option works, also to say how good your pictures look Frans. Esp. the Cloud-Scape but I think you should have some shark fins in Waves and Gulls or maybe a drowning man.

  2. Pam avatar
    Pam Aug 3, 2017

    Beautiful wonderful paintings