Ralf Heynen belongs to a new generation of fine arts painters. With a sharp eye for detail and realism he manages to capture the essence of movement, be it in ripples of water or a child's complete focus on a new found treasure. He does so by using light and tonality as well as very fine brushstrokes. As a result, the texture of a dress is such that you can almost 'touch' it while the shimmering sunlight on a skirt gives the impression of being almost transparent. Ralf Heynen provides the viewer with a presence so real, it is as if you could smell the sea and feel the breeze on your skin. His focus of attention is on children and adults in water scenes, somehow remote, calm and removed from the hustle and bustle of city life. He is an autodidact painter that closely studied the technique of 17th century painters such as Vermeer. Other artists that inspired Heynen are John Singer Sargent and Russian realists. When looking at the fabrics of the woman’s clothing we can see a clear interest in the Orient in his paintings, for the fabrics often have complex middle-eastern patterns. Another theme in his works originated while traveling through the Caucasus, where the beauty of secluded Armenian monasteries struck him. Soon after, he created a series of works evolving around this theme. The models in his work seem lost in thought and absorbed by their environment. Heynen is still very active.