Sjaak Oosterling

The days of websites and electronic media are making the world a smaller place to live. When I started my web site and was looking for things I thought might be interesting for the people who stumbled upon it, I sent a letter to the editor of a British trucking magazine saying I was looking for Pictures and anything that might be interesting to the viewers.

Derek Turner and old trucker and amateur photographer came to my rescue with a truck load of pictures of trucks he had drove and picture he had taken. In my pointed little mind I figured the section should be called ‘Trucking a crossed the Ocean’. The second picture in Derek’s section was of the first truck he ever drove, a Morris.

With the world getting smaller and my web site traveling faster it ended up in front of a gentleman in the Netherlands who zeroed in on the picture and being an artist and a fan of the trucking industry decided it would make a good subject matter, sketch it and sent it to me.

Up receiving it, realized, ‘Hey this guy is good’, so I forwarded it to Derek who being the same vintage as me I hope, is still around,. Over the next few days Sjaak, the artist and I had the atmosphere vibrating with e-mail as I had him sending of pictures he has painted and sketched of Trucks, Tractors and Cars and other pieces of equipment so I thought I would show you some of his work, but my ego won’t leave it at that. I’m also going to throw in a little of my own art work.

I think you will all agree with me this guy has talent.

A little introduction of a Dutch truck fan.

My name is Sjaak Oosterling; I was born in Holland in 1949 in a little village by the sea. I grow up in the early fifties, just after the war when the mechanization in the agriculture and the transport was a big issue. Many transportation companies bought dump trucks, mostly old American and Canadian Fords, Dodges and Chevrolets to restart their business. That was for me the start of the admiration of the world of truckers.

Despite that my career went in a different direction. I worked for more than 35 year in a psychiatrist hospital as a social therapist. All those years I kept painting and drawing another hobby of mine. At the same time I built up a big collection of old toys, mostly trucks, Dinky Toys and even tin toy windup cars.

At this time I am retired and enjoy from the time that I spend to painting and drawing and use my toy collection as example to create new things. My wife is very happy with the fact that I am now retired because I am now the chief cook and bottle washer in the house! This is a brief look at my life in a nutshell.
~ Sjaak Oosterling

Sjaak Oosterling Art

There is no mistaking this picture as anything but a 1949-50 “shoe Box’ Ford.

If you look at the expression on this guys face you automatically get the
impression you should stand in the corner and let him finnish his work of fixing the flat tire.

Sjaak Oosterling Art

Each of the next pictures have their own character.

Sjaak Oosterling Art

If you can’t find anything to paint get a cucumber and make some thing.

Sjaak Oosterling Art

Or maybe an egg plant

Sjaak Oosterling Art

Sjaak Oosterling Art

How about a derelict farm tractor

Sjaak Oosterling Art

Sjaak Oosterling Art

Looks like a displaced Dodge and a1947 Ford

Sjaak Oosterling Art

The top one could be me heading home to Aleza Lake

Sjaak Oosterling Art

You know what’s on these famer minds, ‘look at those clouds let’s get this hay in before it rains’.