6. How would you describe Operation Night Watch in one word?
7. What’s your role on the Operation Night Watch team and how does it compare to the “usual” work you do?
The part I help with is very close to my normal work, however limiting ourselves to working with paint ingredients Rembrandt could have used makes it extra challenging.
8. What do you enjoy most about your job?
When the paint you developed is put in the can for the first time.
9. The partnership between AkzoNobel and the Rijksmuseum combines two different perspectives on paint and color – why do you think the partnership really works?
It’s a mix of everything: historical perspectives, optical properties, material science and craftsmanship. Combined as a team, we have it all.
10. Which character, detail or aspect of The Night Watch interests you the most?
How detailed it is, and the size.
11. In your opinion, what would Rembrandt think of Operation Night Watch?
He probably would have said: “I can make you a new one, a better one.”
12. If you were given a chance to time travel, when would you go and why?
To the beginning of time, to find out how it started and if there is an end to the universe.
13. What is one thing you’d prefer to never do again?
Choosing Analytical Chemistry as a study. For me, making stuff is so much more fun than analyzing it.
14. What motivates you the most?
Working with smart people and solving “problems”.
15. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Assumption is the mother of all f*ck-ups.