frequently asked questions
YOU OFTEN PAINT WOMEN WITH BUN AND ONLY HALF OF THEIR FACE. WHAT IS THIS MOTIVE ABOUT? SIMILAR ONES YOU PAINT WITH ALL SORTS OF BUN HAIRSTYLE, BRAIDED ONES, MESSY BUNS AS WELL ES WITH OPEN OR CLOSED EYES.
Those one's are all connected to my own daughter. She wears her hair like that all the time. It's all about her. These are not particularly her eyes or exactly her shape of the head, but the inspiration and the meaning is always connected to her. Viewers see their own connection to it. Its also my favourite topic to paint, the hair bun!
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE EXPERIENCES AS AN ARTIST?
The absolutely unique experience I have as an artist is the emotional response– it’s something that is addictive!
Art making has brought me new friendship with amazing people and many artists from all over the world.
HOW DID YOU FIRST GET INTERESTED IN YOUR MEDIUM, AND WHAT DRAWS YOU TO IT SPECIFICALLY?
I’ve been creative ever since I can remember. I used to paint like any child and I just carried on with sewing and crafting in my teenage years and came back to painting in the age of 22. To me, painting is vital. It is connected to desire. I have a desire to create.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO PAINT?
At that time, I met my husband and he had a time-consuming hobby. I knew that I also wanted to enjoy a certain topic. I knew it would be something in a creative sector and decided to paint.
YOU WERE DRAWING LANDSCAPE AT THE BEGINNING?
At the beginning I only painted still lifes, landscapes and flowers.
IF YOU COULDN'T BE AN ARTIST, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
I would ask myself what is preventing me from becoming one.
WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER ARTISTS?
The difference with most artists is, that most of them are more successful than me. The difference to some other artists is, that 50% of my working time as an artist is Marketing and 50% painting!! Most artists I know paint over 95% of their time. In the past I have never been too good to organize exhibitions myself and to present my works in a simple way. I spent hours to organize and get the most out of it with little financial effort. Thankfully, I look back. It was worth it. I try every option. Every exhibition is like a holmen of a leader.
I take part in competitions and work with an American agency which looks for works of art and places orders for major projects. I'm planning exhibitions well in advance, not just talking about them, but also running them through. Its 2019 and I'm already planning my exhibitions for 2020 and 2021.
WHICH MEDIUM DO YOU WORK WITH?
I work in all media. Most of my works are acrylic, but for some detail work I use additionally media like: Fine Art Watercolor, Gouache, Pastell, Fine Art dry pigment color pencils, Oilpaint, Oilpastell, Spraypaint and Ink. I love to experiment all kinds of paint. I work in layers. For example I start with the first layer Acrylic, I use for a second layer paper, the 3rd layer watercolor, the next pastel and the last one oil. Experimenting different techniques as an artist is like the champagne powder day of a freeride skier.
WHY DO YOU WORK WITH SO MANY DIFFERENT MEDIA ON ONE SINGLE WORK?
Because it’s more interesting to look at a painting if there are several techniques present.
STATEMENT ABOUT MY ARTWORK
I paint woman because they are beautiful and they represent how I feel. I try to create depth, beauty and emotion through different combinations of painting techniques. My art allows me to share what I feel without words. I’m getting inspired by body language of people. I draw the feeling they have in their face.
WHERE DO YOU DISPLAY YOUR WORK
Since autmn 2018 my work is shown at OKKER ART GALLERY in Amsterdam. A beautiful gallery in the heart of Amsterdam. I feel very pleased to show my work there!!! He also exhibits my work several times a year on Artfairs in The Netherlands and he sells my work on Artsy.com, the worldwide most successful Onlinegallery for gallerists.
I’m also pleased to work with Eclectic Gallery in London since Spring 2019, a beautiful Wine bar & gallery located at Portobello Road in London. They show my work on Affordable Arfairs all over Great Britain.
SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR TECHNIQUE?
I use all kinds of pattern for my three dimensional background and I glue old bookpages, newspaper and sheet music for my second layer and I draw with acrylic color with stylographs, liquid high pigmented acrylic markers and brushes onto the bookpages. For detailed work I use fine art gouache, watercolor, fine art high pigmented color pencils, oilpastells, dry pastell, and pastellpencils, carbon and conté à paris and also oil paint. I spray the painting with UV spray to protect the paint and the collaged paper.
WHAT'S PLAYING IN YOUR STUDIO RIGHT NOW?
I listen to local Swiss Radio the whole day and I turn it louder for Ed Sheran and Adele.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE?
"Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration" I love how this quote reinforces that anyone, through hard work, can become excellent at the thing they’re investing their time and heart in. Another quote by Pablo Picasso kept me going during many years of intense drawing practice : “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist”.
WHAT DOES BEEING CRETIVE MEAN TO YOU?
It means doing what you love, following the passion, and doing what you came here to do.
WHAT CONNECTS YOU TO ART?
I love art for every reason. I love art from the kids painting to the very upscale exhibition. I love most about art, my daughter has an artistic eye, she explores in every snow path or in every cloud art. If there are two paper sheets on our table, she makes sure its turning into an artwork at the end of the day. What else connects me to art? I share the love for art with my wonderful husband, thats the biggest present you can get, sharring a passion with somebody you love.
YOU'VE HAD AN INTERESTING JOB JOURNEY THROUGH TRAVEL INDUSTRY, PRODUCT MARKETING FOR HUMAN FOOD PRODUCTS AND PRODUCT MARKETING FOR MEDICAL ITEMS. WHAT BROUGHT YOU BACK TO ART?
I was always painting in the background for almost 20 years, even though I never considered art as a viable career option. I lacked faith that it could be more than a hobby. But then the right moment came, and it was now or never. My husband gave me the chance to try it to give up my parttime job. I gave myself some time to try "fulltime artist" and make my art successful. Within a couple of months curators were giving me coverage. Art became my career, not just something I was good at.
YOU HAVE LIVED IN 3 CONTINENTS ASIA, AMERICA AND EUROPE. WHAT DID ASIA AND AMERICA TAUGHT YOU REGARDING YOUR ARTISTIC CAREER?
China teached me that everybody through hard work can become independant. You only have to start and do your homeworks! In China you see all over chinese people who start their own business. I found inspiration of those ones who work a 10 hour shift and after a hard working day they sell fried chicken feets on their street food bbq-bicycles. I could add now about 50 other chinese lessons who changed my business and my private life.
America teached me a lot too.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR STUDIO SPACE?
I feel very lucky to have two studio spaces. One is in my appartment with a view of the Swiss Mountains, where I complete my pre-studies and assemble the materials I plan to use. The other space is in a beautiful historical carpentry 30 minutes away from where I live. Its a beautiful inspiring town in the Swiss Mountains where I love the view into the Mountains and the view over a turquoise lake. Its a lovely space and has space for new ideas. What I love most about the studio in the mountains: the natural, even light, the huge windows which face north, the wooden floor, the story behind the space and its vintage feel. The studio in the mountains was one's the studio of a very famouse wood carver. I feel very blessed to work there!
WHAT DOES BEING CREATIVE MEAN TO YOU?
I love being creative, working with my hands, making things grow. This is really satisfying – even more so when the finished artwork makes people think about it and love it.
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO MAKE MORE WORK?
The artworks and the creative process itself are motivating me to make more work. There is always something I want to try in another way, to repeat and to develop. It is also a great kick of motivation when a painting sells – this is the absolute proof that my efforts were worth it, that somebody values and loves my work. It’s that intangible inner need that most makes me want to be more private, lock out the world and dig up my secrets.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT? HAS YOUR ART TAKEN A NEW DIRECTION LATELY?
I see the recent Artfairs in The Netherlands and in the UK as providing a platform on which to build a significant body of new work.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST ARTWORK YOU EVER MADE?
The first painting I remember was an acrylic piece drawed on the kitchentable in my 1room studio appartment, I remember I only bought 3 different acrylic tubes, one brush and one canvas, that's all you need to restart.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST ARTWORK YOU REMEMBER MADE AS CHILD?
My mother was designing and sewing her own fashion. I remember sewing by hand cloths for my own doll. I also remember when I was a little bit older, I worked with glass and solder to make TIFFANY GLASS LAMPS, cutting the glass and solding. I didn’t like to make the lamps, so I developped my own collections of rings with a glass part on top. I still have those jewellery collection, it’s impossible to wear it, your fingers turn black … but it’s beautiful 😊
The gallerist in Amsterdam sold several works within the first 14 days since I signed the contract to this gallery.
HOW HAS YOUR STYLE CHANGED OVER THE YEARS?
It has changed vastly as any artists should; art is a dialogue of the 'self' as much as anything and changes as you do. Art that never changes is dubious and most likely living on a gravy train.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE ARTISTS AND WHY?
Impossible to say, too many. First of all my own daughter, she is 13 and since she can hold a brush, she paints her own work and she is very talented. My mother, she designed her own cloths, she has let me beeing creative every day as child. Da Vinci, Picasso for the quality of their line, and the impression they had on me as a child. Line Juhl Hansen because when I discover her work I understood my own. Jakob Waldesbühl, a close friend of my parents, because I grew up with his beautiful work on the walls. At the moment I love all the works of Marco Grassi an amazing italian artist. The works of Mark Bradford are always getting my attention during Art Basel. But really there are so many amazing artists that inspire me and make me smile for many reasons.
WHAT ARE THE MAJOR THEMES YOU PERSUE IN YOUR WORK?
My major themes are life, emotions, feelings, relationship, moments and events that impact my inspiration in one way or another. I see the canvas as a diary written in colors, interacting forms and connecting lines, that express what goes on in my life and in the world.
Flat round, cat eye and fan.
WHAT WAS THE BEST ADVICE GIVEN TO YOU AS AN ARTIST?
"Work, work and work harder, you will get better with every piece you completed." Or another one: "Every exhibition is like a stringer on a ladder."
And third, it takes more than talent to make it as an artist, so get your business buttoned up. I talk to so many wonderfully talented artists out there with amazing portfolios. And they have no idea what to do with their art. You need to be someone people want to do business with and you need to know how to get your art in the right places to be seen by the right people.
WHICH ARTIST AREA IS YOUR FAVOURITE AND WHY?
«Mogashan Lu» in Shanghai is the most inspiring art area I've ever visited in my life. I found silence there and time to recharge my batteries while living there. The «flat iron» building in Chicago was my favourite area in Chicago. Thats a huge building where American Artists have their studios. Amsterdam, London, Berlin, Hongkong, Shanghai, Chicago and New York are my favourite destinations for inspiration and last but not least ART BASEL of course!
WHAT DO YOU INTEND AT THE MOMENT?
I only intend to go step by step further with my art.
Sometimes a step back helps you to make 2 steps further at once. An intense time helps you sometimes to paint better work. Sometimes a kind word of a viewer helps you to feel more confident about your work and somtimes a really unfriendly comment of a viewer helps you to get better and to show the rest of the World. «OH YES I CAN AND I WILL»