About Jeroen

Biography

Jeroen Verhoeff was born in Vlaardingen, right in the industry of the Rotterdam harbour, so possibly one of the worst places in the world to grow up if you like wildlife, which exactly was the thing little Jerry became obsessed with at a very early age. Since then and therefore he has always been extremely fascinated by wild animals in an optimal natural environment. And because this actually only can be found in some faraway foreign countries, this possibility is rather limited though. That is why he started painting what he would like to see in real life, or in other words: he paints his dreams.

  • .
  • ………………….………………
  • ..
  • Wildlife art
  • .
  • “What Jeroen does is totally unique. He does’n’t paint animals in the wild and he doesn’t copy animalphotos either, but he depicts made-up events by using self-made model animals as the basis for each painting. This requires so much knowledge, creativity, patience and stubbornness that he is probably the only one worldwide who works in this way! ”
    .
    His pursuit of purity here borders on the absurd. That is why he does not copy photos of captive animals, as many other nature painters do.
    .
    “For me, the difference between a wild animal and a zoo animal is huge: the shine of the fur, the cautious look in the eyes, the essential top condition and the continuous alertness that is visible in every sense and every muscle: all those details give a wild animal that incredibly beautiful appearance that is largely lacking in caged animals. ”
    .
    Because he also refuses to copy photos of animals in the wild, he developed an unusual and unique working method based on self-made, flexible scale models as the basis for a painting design.
    .
    “This very labor-intensive and complicated method can often be quite frustrating, but in the end the satisfaction of creating a completely self-made work of art, which rarely shows nature at its best, makes it all completely worthwhile for me.”
  • .
  • His strive for purity in this almost borders to the excessive. “Nothing beats experiencing pristine nature itself, so when I paint wildlife, I try stay as close as possible to that source“. So he doesn’t copy photographs taken from animals in captivity, as many other wildlife artists do. “To me, the difference between a wild animal and a zoo bred creature is immense. The shine of the fur, the wary look in its eyes, the fitness and alertness that is constantly visible in every sense and muscle: this all gives a wild animal that perfectly evolved appearance, which is largely missing in their caged brothers and sisters’.
  • .
  • Since he also refuses to copy photographs taken of wild animals, he developed an unusual and unique working method wich involves the use of self made, scaled models as preliminary study material. “Using this very labor-intensive and complicated method often is pretty hard and even frustrating,  but in the end the satisfaction of creating a totally original work of art, that shows rarely observed images of nature at its best, makes all the effort totally worth while for me.” This makes his special paintings so internationally appreciated that it is often difficult to achieve a new ‘Jeroen Verhoeff” work..
  • …………..…………..
  • Wildlife filming
  • .
  • Much the same applies to filming animals in the wild.
    .
    “As a filmmaker, I also strive for purity as much as possible. I try to stay away from the tricks of the nature film industry as much as possible. I see the use of manipulated animals, added effects, time-lapses, slow-motion, an explanatory voice, atmosphere-enhancing music and far-reaching image editing as weaknesses most of the time. I do understand that it happens, because those annoying wild beasts generally do not do what you want them to do at all, and time is money for nature filmmakers too, but I only want to capture the essence of nature as much as possible; wild and pure. “
    .
    However, the general public is used to the above-described form of natural films, which does not make it easy for him.
    .
    “I would like to show images of undisturbed animals in the wild, filmed from as close as possible, as if the cameraman were invisible, in nature as undisturbed as possible. Images that in themselves should not be special at all, were it not for the fact that the few wild animals that are still there mainly survive by staying away from us as much as possible. ”
    .
    His exceptional film qualities have led to camera work for several national and international successful films.
  • .

Jeroen resides in Vlaardingen in the Netherlands, just west of Rotterdam, where he has his own studio...

Webdevelopment by Lucas van Dongen / Departamento B