When did you start painting, drawing and creating and what pushed you towards it?
I have always been painting. Two of my grandparents were painters, so it has always been a natural part of my childhood to be creative. As I grew older and my work developed, I felt a stronger response from people around me, and which encouraged me to work more ambitiously, beyond being my innocent hobby.
How do you find the balance between the vision you have and the mediums you are using?
I’m always curious to explore other media such as photography and animation. I’m never fully settled, but I love to paint more than anything else, so it will probably always be my main medium.
What inspired your style of work? Where do you get inspiration from? Are there any particular artists, photographers, painters drawers you look up to their works?
My strong interest in fashion and the fact that I work as a model myself, have almost defined my style of work. I love to discover unusual colour combinations in my surroundings; clothing, a dining table, a tree…
When it comes to artists, I always enjoy looking at works by Picasso, Matisse, Schiele, Klimt, Gabriele Münter.
What is the process behind the creation of a piece?
It usually starts with a few keywords that I write on my phone at the moment they pop up in my head. Then I will sketch the idea on my iPad to get it visualised (it always ‘looks’ perfect in the mind, but it’s a different story when it’s actually there in front of you). The iPad is a perfect tool for this: It’s fast, and you can jump between colours with just a tap. Once the fundamental decisions of the painting are made, I will sketch it on the canvas, and roughly follow my sketches as I move on.
Would you say that there is a main thread connecting all your artworks and if so, which is it?
They are all women. People often ask me if they are self-portraits, and I often don’t know what to answer. I didn’t create them thinking of them as self-portraits, but as they all unfold from my own life and perspective, you can say they all represent a part of my unconsciousness. And the colour red! It somehow always manages to squeeze in.
What kind of talks would you like to hear around your artworks?
There is nothing specific I want to hear around my paintings, but I hope they will move people in some way in all their simplicity and honesty.