Q+A: Ben-Christo van der Westhuizen

Landscape artist Ben-Christo creates panoramic earth-and-sky views in a steely monochrome palette.

How would you describe your style?

Working mostly monochromatic, I aim to create a striking and simple impression of highly defined contrasts. 

What subjects do you enjoy working on?

I work mainly on landscapes, particularly winter landscapes, as well as portrait and figurative art.

What medium(s) do you work in?

My preferred mediums are charcoal, graphite, and oils.

How has your process evolved?

My process has evolved in a way that enables me to eliminate all unnecessary detail in a subject and focus on the essence of a landscape or portrait.

What got you started creating art?

From a young age I have been drawn to art; however, it was when I started to travel to destinations such as Egypt, Morocco, Israel, and countries in Europe that I felt I had to capture my experiences and express what I am learning on this life’s journey through creating art.

What artists influence your work?

I very much admire the following artists: Jeremy Lipking, Casey Baugh, Richard Schmid.

"I aim to create a striking and simple impression of highly defined contrasts."

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