Van is a self-taught master painter who discovered his talent in 1970 after a trip to the Art Institute in Chicago. During the visit he was inspired by the magnificent works on display. Despite having never painted before, Van felt compelled to try and reproduce a self-portrait of Vincent van Gogh.
He found the craft came easily to him and a new life passion was born. Van spent the next 20 years traveling the world, visiting museums and galleries, making new friends and finding new inspiration. He has been commissioned by collectors all over the world, with works ranging from small portraits to large-scale murals currently on public display and in private homes throughout Europe and the United States.