I am a visual artist, Born in The Netherlands in 1960. My father, Leo Mes was also a visual artist and I grew up doing life drawing with my father and learning all about the different media and their applications. Conversations where rich about the arts in our home. I have been drawing and painting since I was a child.
As an adult I studied and apprenticed with Artist and Creative, Jan de Kok in Culemborg for about a year, The Netherlands. In 1991 I made a permanent move to Vancouver, Canada and was able to take courses at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. I also worked for many years as a Faux Finisher, Graphic Designer, Illustrator and provided companies with clipart.
My influences are fauvist and impressionist painters. I love the play of colours and shapes and look for different ways of expressing the world around me. My subjects reveal themselves through layers of applied paint that is intuitively chosen. As this process continues I find shapes and figures and I enhance them. I have struggled for many years with Chronic Depression and although I am in remission, I still find my art is influenced by the moods and the feelings that I experienced during that time. I like to use simple colour schemes try to express mood through their use. My work is representational but does not strive to be an exact replica but more of the signature that the subject leaves in my mind. The people and the environment around me in beautiful North Vancouver inspire my work.
I am what I paint. I am the medium expressing the world around me and inside me.