The late artist KLAAS WILLEM VERBOOM was born in London, Ontario in 1948. He began painting around the age of ten in his, then rural, neighbourhood of Pond Mills.
Like many London artists of his generation, he received his formative training at H.B. Beal Secondary School, where he was a student of the late London artist Herb Ariss who was known for his impressionistic landscape paintings. Verboom, received an entrance scholarship to the Ontario College of Art, (Toronto), where he graduated in 1970.
Early in his career his work was represented by Nancy Poole’s Studio and later, for many years, by the former Sandy Snelgrove’s Gallery, both of London.