Frits J. Goosen

Born near Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Frits Goosen is a self-taught artist who began studying and sketching the older fishing boats and activity of the fishing communities during a career as manager of the Amsterdam Dockyards. In 1976, Goosen decided to devote himself to painting full time and quickly developed a style that, while it reflects the traditions of the great 17th-century Dutch Masters like van Ruysdale and the 19th-century painters of the Hague school, is very much his own. Combining a unique ability to capture subtle qualities of light with a lush paint surface, the contemporary scenes he paints take on the depth and richness of the great European painters. Many of his paintings hang in the royal collections in both the Netherlands and England.