Frans was born in the Netherlands where he received his formal education. He first studied graphic design, followed by industrial printing techniques and management. It was the fine arts which captured his imagination in the end, allowing him to express himself without restriction.
His other interest was the ocean which led to employment with Fisheries and Oceans in Nova Scotia. This offered another opportunity to study various aspects of offshore sailing. Eventually he did sail his own home-built boat to the West Indies.
Frans returned to drawing and painting however, and gradually took on a teaching role. Classes are offered in drawing and watercolour techniques. Other art related endeavours include conducting workshops and commission work (house, garden and boat portraits).
Frans has recently been elected to membership in the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour.
Please read Frans' essay "Everyone Can Draw".