You can see the tears in Elbert’s eyes as he tells how he had to give up his passion for drawing because his mother found it wasn’t a real occupation. He worked until he was 65 at the social workshop. Then he worked at Herenplaats.
An important part of the work of Elbert revolves around his everyday surroundings: the flowers on the windowsill, Miep the cat and other animals such as butterflies and birds, mice and dogs. Another important theme is religious images. The work is strikingly two-dimensional. Subjects are placed next to each other and provided with a clear contour. This way a quilt work emerges of subjects broken into hundreds of coloured surfaces. This work is often reminiscent of stained glass paintings or medieval miniature book illustrations.