frequently asked questions
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 is always oil because after oil you are not able to go over with any other media than 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 saying anything. I’m getting inspired by body language of people. I draw the feeling they have in their face.
I’m also pleased to work with Eclectic Gallery in London, a gallery located at Portobello Road in London. They show my work on Affordable Arfairs all over Great Britain.
WHERE DO YOU EXHIBIT YOUR WORK
Since autmn 2018 my work is exhibited 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.
WHERE DOU YOU SEEK INSPIRATION?
Life experiences, talking with people and discovering the life cycles they go through, my own life. The life in Switzerland with my husband and my daughter, the life we had in Shanghai and Chicago with my daughter and my husband enjoying a crazy expat life during 3 years. My work is very much influenced of living a wonderful life in Shanghai with a newborn baby in the middle of a 20 Million city (SH). Shanghai and Chicago were a constant source of inspiration and still are an inspiration. Beeing back means everything to me, everything we wanted for now. The inspiration now is also living in the countryside (compare to Shanghai and Chicago:-) We all love the nature and I find inspiration.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE OR MOST MEANINGFUL PIECE?
All works are very close to my heart. Every piece is a piece of myself and has a story behind. Although now I am working on my latest series, which follows my current life cycle - it’s very personal. Usually a brandnew work which is completed is the one which is closest to my heart at this particular time. That’s why it is so difficult to let them go to quick.
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 a year 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.
When I look at my works now, they tell the story of my artistic development and changes of expression and style. Some pieces are more meaningful to me as others because they are path-changing works, marking a new point in my artistic development or certain experiences, that are important to me.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE OR MOST MEANINGFUL WORK?
Actually every work means everything to me. But some works have a bigger story behind and that's why I love them a little bit more. Some works I admire even more because they have been sold to wonderful people and they came even closer to my heart because they got such a wonderful space somewhere with people I liked since they crossed my paths. It's not always the work itself, its the whole package behind. There was an exhibition I was afraid of, standing next to my work, unknowing if the people like my new collection or not. All the works who have been sold there are like a release, somehow they all showed me that I'm on the right paths. There are no words to describe it, those works mean more than everything to me. Those bring me further. My favourite work, I believe all the works who are related to Asia, because it's my memory to an amazing time. A time I learnd so much about me as human beeing.
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. Its a huge space and has space for new ideas. What I love most about the huge studio in the mountains: the natural, even light, the huge windows who 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.
WHY DID YOU DISCOVER INK?
I've lived in Shanghai for totally 3 years and inspired by chinese ink, I love it. I used acrylic ink which is much better than just INK and now I changed to use only liquid acrylic. I love the medium because it dries so quickly.
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 as providing a platform on which to build a significant body of new work over the next year. I work on a completely new collection. I always develop new ideas and I’m currently learning the classic oil painting technique. I love to lubricate oil paint. Have you ever tried it?
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 acrylics, 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 😊
Also the moment I got informed that my work will be exhibited with OKKER ART GALLERY during a well known artfair in Amsterdam. The first huge canvas (140 x 100) I've completed in 2017 I've sold to a couple who is the owner of a famous swiss marketing agency, this was such a proof that my work is on the right paths. Another has been sold to a collector in New York, I googled the address and find out, the work will stay only a few steps away from 5th Avenue. Selling in Switzerland is remarkable because I've the chance to meet the collector. This means everything to me. A friend of mine visited one of my exhibitions and she bought one, I usually fight with happy- fulfilling tears in those moments.
The gallerist in Amsterdam sold several works within the first 14 days since I signed the contract to this gallery. I almost forgot to breath in those seconds.
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. I still own the first brush I bought in the age of 22 and I still paint with this one.
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."
USE ANYTHING OTHER THAN PAINT?
I make a lot of drawings and paintings which are a source of ideas for me. I use lots of different materials: charcoal, oil pastels, inks, acrylic-inks, pencil and encaustic color. Using these together help to quickly build texture and intensity.
Which artist area is your favourite ?
« Mogashan Lu » in Shanghai is my favourite area. 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, Berlin, Hongkong, Shanghai, Chicago and New York are my favourite destinations for inspiration.
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»
WHAT DO YOU INTEND AT THE MOMENT?
I only intend to go step by step further with my art.