My name is Anthony van Gelder, born in 1945 in Zalk, The Netherlands. In 1969 I started to study at the Free Academy of Arts in The Hague. Four years later I went to the academy of arts in Rotterdam. Since 1972 I have worked as an independent artist from my studio in Schiedam. In 1980 I moved to Flayosc in the south of France. It was an inspiring place for painting. Later on I also started to work as a photographer for advertising agencies in Paris, Nice, Cannes and Marseille. In 1986 I went back to Holland and opened my studio for professional photography in Schiedam. I have worked for various companies and advertising agencies until 2010. After some years I started painting again. At present I am living in Vlaardingen, a small city close to Rotterdam. What I enjoy most is painting landscapes "plein air", as is shown in my work. But I also love to work in my studio.