When he married in Amsterdam in 1647 he was described as aged 23 and 'from Gorcum' (Gorinchem). He probably first studied with his cousin, Rafel Camphuysen (c. 1597/8-1657) who had been in Amsterdam since 1627. In 1643 he was described as a portrait painter in Amsterdam.
In 1652 an inventory was taken of his house in the Kalverstraat, and in July that year he was working in Gottorif in Schleswig-Holstein. By 1655 he was a Court Painter to Queen Hedwig Eleanora in Stockholm, where he is also recorded in 1659, 1661 and 1663.
By 1665 he was back in Amsterdam, where he was buried on 4 July 1672. Apart from portraits and some still lifes he painted farm scenes somewhat in the manner of Potter, with whom his work was sometimes confused.