In recent years, Dirk Moerbeek creates realistic paintings with an expressionistic quality. "I first make a quick small study in thick paint," Dirk says, after which he makes a photo of it in raking light, so that shadows of the thick paint will stand out clearly.

Dirk then meticulously paints the photo on a large scale with a fine brush. This process can take months. The result fools the eye of the beholder: a painting seemingly made of large thick brushstrokes, but in real having a totally smooth surface.

Dirk: "My paintings are in a way a trompe-l'oeil of my own work."