The former house painter Joop Nijmeijer was a registered member of the Hoogeveen Artists Society. He liked to paint still lifes. He enjoyed national renown. His work shows a high degree of perfection. At the age of 15 he was already receiving painting lessons from the Meppel painter, Albert Torie. At the start of his career as an artist he painted many landscapes. He discovered however that the still lifes he painted were popular with buyers. He is quoted as saying “there still needs to be smoke in the chimney and bread on the table”.