Description de Valk is the center of Leiden, Holland. It towers over the pond and the park with its willow trees. We spent three hours making our way to the topthat rotates, as the vanes are kept into the wind. We explored every room all the way to the huge wooden cogs up in what would be seven stories. Leiden is the site of the first University in Holland, the birthplace of Rembrandt, whose father was a miller. The tulip was developed in Leiden, Holland. Rembrandt used simple people and homely subjects such as windmills in his painting. The Wolven family is from Amsterdam. We found our name on a street while there.
Doug Wolven, Whittier Member Since September 2009 Artist Statement I majored in art at Garden Grove High School. I fell in love with woodcuts and print making. I developed my first roll of black and white film using trays, in my wardrobe closet, then my dad built a darkroom for me in the back yard. I eventually became a public school teacher and included serigraphy, styro block printing, pinhole photography, pressed ceramic tiles (as in Avalon, Catalina), quilting, and watercolor in my elementary school classroom. My children sometimes illustrated their spelling tests. At California Polytechnic University I earned my Masters in Education in the unusual field of Visual Literacy, a masters in looking. The most memorable topics were watercolor classes, video, photography in the classroom (pinhole), and history & use of the computer in education. At that time email was just starting. But when I discovered I could push my photos into images, I had found a brush I could wrap my head around — PhotoShop. It is a deep box of tools, actually. I shoot photos with the end product in mind. My 10 meg Lumix DMZ75 shoots RAW. It is not an SLR, but I like the versatility of a 35-420mm zoom even though it is electronic. I build and maintain boats for a hobby. We love to sail. I quilt, snorkel with my son, write childrens' stories, ski and read a lot. I volunteer, helping people in Whittier, working with men from my church. My wife is retired from third grade teaching. Our daughter works for NBC-Universal. Our son is a high school counselor in Palos Verdes.