Van started getting engaged in art in 9th grade when he began painting landscapes of the South Sea Islands. Van loves painting fantastically colored pictures of animals. Any animal, big or small is the target for his brush. Van also enjoys images of outer space, spiritual, psychic, fairies and fantasy. Maxfield Parish, Augustus Renoir, Thomas Cole and Van Gogh are all inspiring artists that he enjoys. Van would like to get his work into major art galleries and be able to sell regularly.
Van appreciates the character, the colors and shapes of different animals. He has a keen sense of their variety as an endless source of inspiration. With his art he feels he can help bring attention to the value and preservation of animals in the wild.