Living out his artistic dream in Texel
Twelve years ago, these beautiful views and the gallery in Texel, outside Amsterdam, caught Maurice's attention. Together with his husband, he visited the island of Texel, located in the north of the Netherlands, widely known for its rich wildlife. They fell in love with the island and moved there full-time five years ago, after several years of commuting between Amsterdam and Texel.
– I was born in the South of The Netherlands. Every time I moved, I ended up a bit more up North. Now I live in the most Northern part of The Netherlands, says Maurice.
Here, he can concentrate fully on his art and help in Galerie Posthuys, which his spouse operates. In Texel, he also began teaching art to contribute back to society.
– As an artist, I can show that art and creativity is important. Teaching keeps me grounded and in touch with “the real world”. But also, to provide for my financial needs – working as a teacher brings in just enough to remain independent without taking on commissions, says Maurice.
He recalls the time after his studies in Maastricht and Tilburg, when he worked as a designer of wallpaper and fabric prints. A job that his art teacher thought would fit him well as he often sought to meet the expectations of the spectators: the urge to please the spectators’ eye, from ceiling to floor.
– I did not like the situation where other people tell me what to do, how to operate. It was like dealing with consumerism and economics, rather than dealing with the art process, says Maurice.