Can you tell me about your practice? How do you get started on a piece of work?
Who or what are your biggest influences?
There are so many painters that I adore. Franz Hals, Caravaggio, Max Beckmann, Paula Modersohn- Becker, Hilma af Klint, Manet, Felix Vallotton, Bacon, Peter Blake, Hockney, Neo Rauch, Gerhard Richter, Peter Doig, Michaël Borremans, Luc Tuymans…the list goes on. But what has influenced me the most in terms of my subject is probably this fascination I have with time and all the emotions that are linked to that.
A brief moment captured, is how you describe your work, can you talk a bit about this and how this informs how you choose your subject matter?
When looking back on my past, there have been points in my life when time seemed to slow down, and I could pinpoint exactly the moment when the direction of my path took another direction or even a u-turn. Sometimes it was beautiful, sometimes heart-breaking. So, I started painting to deal with the emotions which has been a lifesaver and my ultimate safe space. Ever since, I have been obsessed with the perception of time and how I can manage to turn an invisible phenomenon into a visible piece of art which is able to transport a “feeling of time”.
How important is the choice of material in relation to realizing the concept of your work?
What is your most important tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
It would be music or podcasts. I need those to totally zone out. Other than that, it’s probably good light and coffee.
And fresh brushes and canvases are always a highlight.
Can you give us a book recommendation that has been important in your practice? And tell us why it’s important.
I often turn to interior books whenever I feel dull or inspired. Other than that, if I had to name just one, the most influential book would probably be one on Frans Hals. I couldn’t paint faces when studying so I copied his paintings over and over and eventually became obsessed with a good portrait and the attractive force it has on the viewer.
Finally, is there anything new coming up that you would like to tell us about?
I am currently working on new artwork for several art consultancies and platforms who sell art online. I also still have a plan to paint a super large piece which I keep postponing due to taking on other projects that are much more lucrative, as unfortunately large pieces don’t sell easily.