Born in Schiedam, near Rotterdam, the son of a wine merchant; his age was given as thirty-one in a document of 22 January 1652. He probably first studied under Abraham Pick (c.1622-before 1666) in Delft.
He spent three years in Italy, possibly between 1645 and 1648, but the Italianate qualities of his landscapes may have derived from Jan Both, and J. Asselijn. His earliest dated work is of 1650. He visited Lenzen in 1654/5, when one of his landscapes was offered to the Brandenburg court, and thereafter he is recorded in Schiedam, where his two children were baptised in 1660-1, and Amsterdam, where he appears to have settled c.1662.
His later work was characterised by bold compositions with mannered, contorted shapes. A Catholic, he was buried in Amsterdam on 2 March 1673.