Sometimes I'd like to think of my work as a that Martha Wainwright song 'Bloody Motherfucking Asshole'; colorfully sweet voiced at the surface but dressed in resentment and light profanity at second glance.
I paint those things I cannot say with words. For that reason I collect and write down sentences that I read or hear around me. Then I start working with those sentences or words as titles to my work and look for the (mental) image that goes with the words and makes the story whole.
The title of my work is therefor often created first or at least at the same time with the work and is complementary to the image which only tells half of the story.
As a child I was mesmerized by the multitude of color markers and to this day I take great pleasure in combining the brightest, sometimes neon colors with subdued pale pigments in a play between hyperrealism and rough brush strokes.
Female figures are my main characters because being a woman myself the topic simply comes easiest to me. The figures are women bound by convention, by unspoken emotions and by the stronghold of the past.