From an early age everyday I watched my father John Haanstra who is also a painter creating the most beautiful artworks in his studio. As a young boy it was not clear for me yet that I had the same passion and ambition. It took many years until my farther taught my how to draw and paint using different techniques. The first project was to create an old city scape from Amsterdam, my place of birth. It took months to acomplish. But the result was there and my passion for painting was born. I have created different collections and was mainly specialised in still lives. However 2 years ago I decided to focus more on portraits of non existing people, including a surreal ellement. Now after 2 years of preparation and painting I am happy to announce that in 2021 I am happy that I finalized the collection!