Janhendrik Dolsma creates photographic paintings, in which the themes of air, clouds and the reflection of the sun on the water keep coming back. As a child he was fascinated by the immeasurable scope of the sea. That overwhelming feeling has always stuck with him and he has made it his life’s work.
The Wadden Sea as bountiful inspiration
Dolsma describes the effect of the Wadden shore during summer as a mental shower. During the summer he spends most of his time in nature, where he records everything through drawings, paintings and photography.
His style has been influenced by 17th century painting techniques and the School of The Hague. He has a preference for empty, romantic landscapes. The images stand out for their lack of human elements and are signified by a certain emptiness, that does not appear boring or deadly. Because nature roams free in his paintings, all attention is drawn to the shimmering of the sun on the water, the gliding past of clouds above the dunes, or the immeasurability of the sky above the shoreline.
Dolsma has mastered playing with the light like no other. Sometimes the sun is not directly visible, but sharply shows itself from behind a cloud, or gives a bright sparkle to the water. His paintings seem almost lifelike: Janhendrik Dolsma knows how to bring ou the many aspects of the Wad like no one else.
The ‘Bob Ross’ of the Low Countries
Another fun fact, Janhendrik has an interesting Youtube channel. In these videos he explains how he captures these beautiful sea sights and parties of clouds on the canvas. Would you like to know how to create a cloud with the dry brush technique or how to paint a winter beach, just type in his name in the Youtube search bar. The videos have been watched over tens of thousands of times. Janhendrik is the ‘Bob Ross’ of the Low Countries!