Dirk’s paintings, while not as loud as Vincent van Gogh’s, have similar, key qualities. Dirk, like van Gogh captures the life and character of the subject. An admirable quality in a painting and ability for an artist to posses. However, in both artists, it’s not just life and character that comes through - it’s the life-force of the subject - the “Tao” as the Japanese call it. The artist with the capability of capturing the living presence of their subject is truly a master. Dirk’s subtle use of color and powerful portrayal of light somehow combine to create real feeling situations on the canvas.