frequently asked questions
STATEMENT ABOUT MY ARTWORK
I paint woman because they are beautiful and they represent how I feel, I like to paint people in an emotional intimate moment, unguarded as people are at their most vulnarable. Sometimes what I paint is from what I have dreamt at night. 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.
WHAT CONNECTS YOU TO ART?
I love to express my feelings in drawings rather than in spoken words.
SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR TECHNIQUE?
I use all kinds of pattern for my three dimensional background and I glue vintage bookpaper, newspaper and sheet music for my 2nd layer and finally I draw with acrylic-ink with stylographs, markers and brushes onto the bookpages. I spray it with UV to protect the paper.
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.
WHERE DOU YOU SEEK INSPIRATION?
Life experiences, talking with people and discovering the life cycles they go through, my own growth... My life in Switzerland, the life I 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. Shanghai and Chicago were a constant source of inspiration and still are an inspiration. Beeing back means everything to me, everything I 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.
I love the area of „Cinque Terre“ where I enjoy staying on a campground exploring the area, travelling light. To manage with little money a big adventure to remember forever. That's my favourite.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE TRAVEL DESTINATION AND WHY?
The list is huge. My favourite in winter is skiing in the US or Canada. Other favourites are to tour around by campervan, having my "artstudio on the go". That's my favourite :-)! I love to be creative travelling somewhere and drawing while beeing abroad.
WHAT'S PLAYIN 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 without worrying whether it will bring in any money, following the passion, and doing what you came here to do.
YOU'VE HAD AN INTERESTING CAREER JOURNEY THROUGH TRAVEL INDUSTRY, PRODUCT MARKETING FOR FOOD ITEMS AND PRODUCT MARKETING FOR MEDICAL ITEMS. WHAT BROUGHT YOU BACK TO ART?
I was always painting in the background, 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. I gave myself a year to try make my art successful. Within a couple of months people were buying my art and 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.
I am truly blessed to have it all to myself. What I love most about-it: the natural, even light and its vintage feel.
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 vintage carpentry 30 minutes away from where I live. Its a beautiful town in the Swiss Mountains where I love the view into the Mountains. Its a huge space and has space for new ideas. I plan to work there for my new collection. I paint my works in both studios.
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-ACRYLIC?
I've lived in Shanghai for 3 years and inspired by chinese ink, I love it. I use acrylic ink which is much better than just INK. I love the medium because it dries so quickly. I recently started spray paint, it's fun too.
but I wouldn’t say, I master it already – one of the most exciting things as an artist is that even when you think you mastered something, the next moment shows you, that unexpected things happen…
HOW DID YOU DISCOVER SPRAY PAINT? WAS IT A DIFFICULT MEDIUM TO MASTER?
I love to work with mixed media. Few of my paintings are only acrylics. I’m using ink, charcoal, collage materials, oil pastels, soft pastels, markers… So I’m always looking for new materials. I discovered spray paint because I love street art and just tried 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 group exhibition in the Gallery Art333 in Wädenswil/Au Switzerland as providing a platform on which to build a significant body of new work over the next few years. I work on a completely new collection, inspired by people of my life.
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 DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT MAKING ART AND WHAT DO YOU HATE ABOUT IT?
I find the process of creating art very therapeutic, but it’s also like an adventure. With every piece you make you learn something new and discover something different. I don’t think there are any real aspects of making art that I dislike. I suppose it can be time consuming but I think it’s necessary to dedicate the time to ensure you're truly pleased with the final result.
THE BIGGEST ART FLASH?
I had an exhibition in the capital of Switzerland, I've never sold so many work during a 10 hour event, the next morning I was screeming and crying, I had such a flash.
The Gallery Risart in London has sold one of my huge work, 140x100x4cm to an artcollector in London. I never forget the moment I read this email. The first huge canvas I've completed I've sold to a couple who is the owner of a famous swiss advertising 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.
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. People who can't change are frightening. It is a wonderful trait to be able to change one’s mind or ethos. Art that never changes is dubious and most likely living on a gravy train.
WHICH MEDIUM DO YOU WORK WITH?
My newer works on vintage book pages are usually acrylic-ink on vintage paper/craddle wood canvas or somethimes I draw it on mixed media paper All my older works are mixed media as I work with many different mediums like Acrylic, Ink, Watercolor, Pastels, Encaustic (wax) and oil.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE ARTISTS AND WHY?
Impossible to say, too many. First of all my own daughter, she is 12 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. He is very much the reason why I restarted in the age of 22 to paint more frequently, because I was amazed what he painted and I knew "I want to do the same thing!" 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?
Capturing beauty and creating happiness. I am always trying to create work that allows people to lose themselves within it, letting their minds wander and perhaps recognising things from their own dreams or memories. I create work which asks the viewer to take time, sit quietly and contemplate, and my intention is for my works to make viewers smile. My major theme is 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 and fan. I still own the first brush I bought in the age of 22 and I still paint with this one. Imagine when I restarted painting in the age of 22, I just owned one brush, one canvas and 3 acrylic colors. That's all you need to start!
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.
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 here: charcoal, oil pastels, inks, acrylic-inks, pencil and encaustic color. Using these together help to quickly build texture and intensity. I make my own paint sometimes. My daughter loves experimenting. She makes her very own color and paint. That's why our art studio is a labratory of ideas and experiments. We are currently painting with coffee, strawberry, raspberry and maulberry which are made by ourselfs and come out of our fridge. :-)