Henry Jelsma speaking:

“Even in Canada nature has been endangered these last 50 years. All the environmental problems we have today were on the agenda when I was young. It seems we are unable to make a change for the good. I was born and bred in Canada and I loved nature. Still I moved to the densely populated Netherlands to study and I settled down here.

“In 1970 I came to The Hague for the first time to visit my relatives and I was deeply impressed when I walked along the beautiful Scheveningseweg on my way to the sea. I admired the harmony between man and nature. Did I know that in the end I was to settle down here and live and work here near this beautiful avenue?

“I love to sit among the trees with the birds all around me, drawing and painting the trees as if I was somewhere in nature in Canada. I observe and I make pictures of what I see. The meaning follows automatically; to quote William Blake:

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

“Over the years I made a great many things, but for this exhibition I chose drawings, etchings, pastels and some plein air paintings that were made within earshot of the bells of the Peace Palace.

“My cv you can find on LinedIn.”