Let me briefy introduce myself. My name is Elmer Kouwenberg and I am born and raised in the Netherlands. Drawing I do from the moment I was able to hold a pencil. At a young age I knew already that I wanted to go to art school. After my HAVO (Dutch school system) I registered myself for the "De Rietveld" academy, one of the best in Holland. But first I went on holiday that summer to the USA. In a club in Pasadena LA I walked into a few fellow Dutch men. They invited me to work with them in the flower business. Before I knew it I was driving a big Mercedes truck full of Dutch flowers going from Beverly Hills to Newport Beach to Malibu and so on. Of course this was temporary, I still wanted to pursue my talents and go to art school. Then everything changed dramatically; I got involved in a violent car accident and broke my neck which left me paralyzed from shoulder to toes. A tiny bit of function in my left bicep I was left with. While rehabilitating I was working hard to get my bicep stronger. Then I found out that I could still work with a computer with some special devices. That changed my live completely. Internet was hot and I wanted all there was to know. Years followed making web applications. I did it all, from back-end programming to front-end design. In between of course I was drawing. Putting my left fist (I was right handed) on a roller ball mouse I was able to draw using my whole arm. My drawings came out totally different then before the accident because I could not draw one line straight. But it did not matter...as a matter of fact I was drawing much more freely and intuitively then ever before; the movement in the lines became my signature style. Over the years I improved myself quite a bit. I printed my drawings on canvas and started expositions in rehab centers. Also I made top quality prints in limited editions. I got my own stand on a well-known art marked in the center of Amsterdam. As a matter of fact you can still find me there every Sunday. Also I build a website, you are on it right now, to get to know me and my work. I spend all my time now drawing and couldn't be happier. And that is what it is all about, right?
The best to you all,