After high school he studied Art History at the University of Leiden. However, the urge to make sculptures himself became stronger and he decided to take lessons from the figurative sculptor Beatus Nijs. Nijs, 82 years old at that time, could rely on a lifetime of experience and command of classic sculpting techniques. (he worked with the famous architect Duiker and made sculptures for hospital “Zonnestraal”, a very famous Dutch monument of architecture). The knowledge gained during these lessons was applied in the period that followed. Portrait busts became a particularly loved subject. The rendering of grace, character and inner contemplation are recurring aspects in Spijker’s work.