Interview with Ynze Waterlander by Jessica Gilbert

Visual Artist

unnamedYnze was born  March 30, 1922 in Friesland. He loves to paint ships and is drawn to the maritime work. It is shown in his works, many harbors, steamers and related topics. Most of his work originates in Holland, though he also loved going up North, where he painted ships taking care of the thick layers of ice; these icebreakers equipped with strong engines are magic to him.

Lots of work sold is made for captains and others once working on ships no longer in service. He created them using his library with maritime books.

His work has spread all over the world.

Jessica: Ynze, thanks so much for doing an interview for TSM. It’s such a pleasure to have you here on this Father’s Day.

Ynze: Thanks for featuring me in your magazine. I am pleased with the opportunity to share my work with your audience.

Jessica: Firstly, at what age did you get into Painting? And what inspired you to become a painter?

Ynze: I started out when I was a schoolboy of ten years old. I painted from pictures of movie stars of the early thirties, like Zarah Leander and Marieke Rokk. The photos I asked for at the local cinema.

Jessica: What is your painting background?

Ynze: I started getting more into it once working for SHELL, Royal Dutch Oil Company. It grew into more than just a few hours per week of painting. My teacher was a well-known painter over here, Ger Gerrits.

Jessica: What mediums (oil, acrylic, etc) do you use?

Ynze: Mainly Water Colour, Aquarelle. Then I often use pens and pencils.

Jessica: Who are some artists you admire?

Ynze: My teacher Ger Gerrits, Roodenburg; who is known for his beautiful etchings and engravements, Willem Hofker, Rien Poortvliet, Jean Thomassen…there are so many wonderful painters I admire.

Jessica: Tell us about the tournament that is in your name – how it came to be and your feelings about this honor when it happened.

Ynze: The tournament is something that relates to my activities for the local football, or soccer club for some forty years. Coaching, watching and facilitating youth playing soccer, and being able to have fun playing soccer as well as other sports sure was great. Children have always been important in my life. I used to be a goalkeeper myself when younger, hence being most interested in coaching young goalkeepers.

Jessica: If you had the power to do something in the world today, what would it be and why?

Ynze: Right now? I am ninety-three years old. I would do another Hurtigruten cruise in Norway, it is spectacular and beautiful. If possible I would love to do a trip visiting all the Steam Pumping stations in Holland. My background with Shell and on boats is being a Steam Engineer.

Jessica: What is one of your favorite quotes (or lines) that inspires you?

Ynze: Well, looking at what scientists, in general, say on God and Christ, and what affected me at a spiritual level hearing it coming from a scientist regards Jesus is what Einstein once said… 
”As a child I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene . . . . No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life. Jesus is too colossal for the pen of phrase-mongers, however artful. No man can dispose of Christianity with a bon mot.”

Jessica: Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

Ynze: I am happy I have created a life with basically all the friends I’ve met. I had my moments with the Germans during and after WW II, though that’s it. I feel truly blessed. Being good to others always did and still does feel great.

Jessica: Happy Father’s Day and thanks again for this interview. All the best to you.

Ynze: Thank you, Jessica.

For anyone who would like to contact Ynze, please do so through his son, Rob at: