Jacobus Baas was born in the Netherlands in 1945 and spent his early years in Rotterdam, surrounded by rich landscapes and cloud-laden skies made famous by the Dutch Masters throughout history.
In 1994 Jacobus began painting on location during a trip to Santa Fe and was overwhelmed with his new discovery. On subsequent trips to New Mexico and Hawaii he produced vibrant color-filled landscapes that inspired him to begin a remarkable series of work that has been, and still is, widely acclaimed and admired. He is a founding and current board member of LPAPA (Laguna Plein Air Painters Association). In addition to many solo shows, he has participated in many group exhibitions in concert with LPAPA’s venues, including the Laguna Art Museum. He currently divides his time between Maine, California and Hawaii.
“I seek to expand my painting experience searching for scenes with a natural beauty that the viewer might miss in their rush through every day life. This could be as simple as the reflections in water of fishing boats tied to a dock, a wave breaking against the rocks or clouds floating across the sky. The more I paint, the more I see this beauty around me.”