Interview with Ynze Waterlander

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Ynze Waterlander: Visual Artist

Ynze Waterlander was born on 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.

Ynze Waterlander painting of canals in Holland
Jessica Gilbert:
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 Waterlander: Thanks for featuring me in your magazine. I am pleased with the opportunity to share my work with your audience.

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

Ynze Waterlander: 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 Gilbert: What is your painting background?

Ynze Waterlander: 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.

Ynze painting: Windmills
Jessica Gilbert:
What mediums (oil, acrylic, etc) do you use?

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

Jessica Gilbert: Who are some artists you admire?

Ynze Waterlander: 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 Gilbert: 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 Waterlander: 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.

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

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

Ynze Waterlander: 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.”

Ynze by shelf with picture and other things
Jessica Gilbert:
Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

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

Ynze Waterlander: Thank you, Jessica.

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

Ynze at an art exhibition

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