1. What’s your name and title/business name? Where are you located, city, state, country location?
My name is Paul C Boswijk, not to be confused with Paul J Boswijk, my portrait painting uncle. My company name is Rakestreken, which is a collaboration with a friend of mine since 2012. I live and work in The Hague in the Netherlands.
2. What’s your educational and professional background, i.e., college, professional school, high school, apprenticeship, etc?
I briefly studied fine art at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and after that, three years Illustration at the Willem de Kooning academy in Rotterdam. I quit two studies but never quit painting, if anything I started painting more! This is when Rakestreken started to form.
3. Preferred tool(s) and medium?
There are so many but if I had to choose it would be paint, a brush and an empty wall!
4. Where or how do you “recharge your creative battery,” i.e., books, blogs, music, art, exercise, meditation, prayer, hobbies, interests, etc.?
Luckily my battery can recharge really quick as so many things can be inspiring. Once a week I’m at the Rakestreken studio, working with big brushes on big canvases or on the wall, this will recharge my battery for the greater part of the week. On other days I work at an art supplies shop where I’m inspired by all the materials that are available. And in between, the changing of the seasons, light, colour, texture, paintings and calligraphy do the trick for me. Which is why my favorite book is ‘Rijks, Masters of the golden age’ a book with paintings from the Rijksmusuem accompanied by great calligraphy, the perfect combination!
5. Tell us something about you that might surprise or delight us.
Almost three years ago my friend Sanne came up with a plan to built a closet from scrapwood, inspired by Piet Hein Eek. The doors in the closet were to be decorated with letters inspired by Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman, so we started painting some letters, the closet was never build but we still paint letters almost every day.