Omer Van de Kerckhove
As a child I copied images of animals from books. When growing older, real animals and plants served as a model for my work. Since 1989 I have been working as a botanical illustrator specialized in mushrooms at Meise Botanic Garden (situated near Brussels). My watercolor technique evolved from mixing pigments applied in a few layers to painting with pure pigments in many, often more than 20 layers on top of each other. Each time painted to nature and at full size.