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Welcome to my website!
Here you can browse through my paintings and order high quality prints, on canvas, paper, postcards.. the works.
Note to customers: the printing company is based in the United States, so customers from
Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia face relatively larger shipping prices. However, these are worth it :)
You can also visit my Facebook page for updates on my works.
Just search on facebook for harmplatartproductions (one word ;)
I was born in the spring of 1979 in the small town of Rolde, in the north of the Netherlands.
A small town boy, I spent a lot of my time playing outside. The whole world was my playground.
Or so it seemed. Obviously, only a few square miles around my parent's house was my playground, but
to a child with imagination it felt like the whole world to me. :)
Everything about nature fascinated me to no end: sunlight, the trees, the animals and birds, insects, everything.
The overwhelming beauty of it all inspired me to draw, to do origami and to make cartoons. Basically I was inspired to create.
My grandfather one day told me that my drawings were useless. That they provided nothing. I was devastated.
He was a stern man, a farmer and a man that believed education for his children would provide them with a way out
of the rural life of hard work and no pay. Of course, my parents disagreed with his take on my drawings, but then
they, nor I, did not realize at the time how much his remarks impacted me. I gave up my dreams to create.
Of course that did not stop me entirely. The drive to make things, (hopefully) beautiful things, was and is very strong.
So, when I took it upon me to study biology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, I kept on drawing cartoons
and making the occasional origami creation. Studying biology satisfied a great many things about my fascination with the natural
world. But life is never a straight road. And even if it was, I'm one of those people that veers off the beaten path to have a look around.
Drawing was put on the shelf as a hobby that would resurface every now and then. The world of science pulled at me,
delivering dreams of the enlightment, of knowledge and constructive, forward thinking. My fascination for the natural world exceeded
my interest in space, and math was deemed too abstract for me. Thus I pursued a scientific career in Biology.
During those years at university, many adventures and great tales to tell at the fireplace were born. One of these great adventures
took me for a full year of travelling through Australia as a backpacker, which was, in short: awesome.
But all these years, the love for drawing and meanwhile, painting, kept calling me to return.
Drawing crept back into my life little by little and then, in the beginning of 2012, the dam burst.
I was fired from my dayjob because of disagreements with middle management and took this as an opportunity,
a way of life giving me one more chance to go and get it. I dove headfirst into the future to pursue a career as an artist.
Of course, the ghost of doubt was there from the start. A careeer? In art? Is that even possible?
Well, others have done it, so why not? If I can pull this off during the worst recession since the 1930s, everything is possible.
I have neglected my artistic voice for too long: I feel like I've missed out on 10 years of artistic growth.
They were not 10 wasted years, not at all. I have enjoyed the ride very much, and will continue to do so.
But I do feel a certain determination to make up for those 10 years. I hope I will not disappoint.
If you would like to see where the ride is going to take me, you could follow this page, or have a look
over at his facebook page, where other events are also posted.
You can find me there at www.facebook.com/HarmPlatArtProductions
I wish you a very good ride as well. I hope you encounter many beautiful moments in your life.
I hope you feel fulfillment one day. A feeling of zen, of belonging. I hope you too, will find your
creative voice and that you will find the will, or courage, to make it heard. Be it through painting,
music, sculpting, writing, or science, or social skills or any other talent you may possess.
Thanks for reading (if you still are) and from my place through cyberspace, have a hug.