In spite of his successful life as an illustrator he was still searching for something else. During this time he was also painting on his own and held several solo ex- hibitions. He was dreaming of becoming a full time painter and made several inspiration trips to Sri Lanka and Paris during these years.
In 1997 he made up his mind and decided to become a full time painter. He moved to Bali where he married Regine, his Indonesian pen pal since secondary school. They lived in the mountain village of Ubud for nine years. After having two children they moved to Sanur, close by the beach, where they currently live.