What is your background?
I was born in 1988 in North West Germany, and 18 years later moved to a very different life in Doha, Qatar before gaining a Bachelor arts degree at Leeds University in 2010. After spending time living in Canada, since I have been based in London but also spend time in Cambridgeshire. I constantly am exploring new ideas and creative possibilities. All of these rich and diverse experiences have had a profound effect on the artwork I now produce.
What inspires you and what is your creative process?
I have a deep drive to paint that I can't quite articulate; it is more of a feeling or physical desire to use my hands and eyes to be creative and produce something beautiful. My creative process often starts with thinking about what colours I want to see and which I currently most connect with which changes daily, and conjuring the most simplified and effective dynamic way to represent those colours as an entire piece that is relatable and recognisable to the viewer. A dialogue happens before I start a painting, but during the painting itself, my mind is free and I enjoy the process. I am in the flow state.
What is your favourite subject matter and why?
Flowers are a recurring subject in my work, I think because, use of colours in painting is very important to me and flowers are an endless natural source of colours, in terms of gradients, shade, hues, patterns, and they bring stillness, peace and joy to people.
Who are your biggest influences?
I have always loved the work of Magritte, especially 'The Empire of Light', it is a really calming yet eerie piece and very unique in its style. I also am a fan of Rothko, when you see his works close up it is very transformative and is quite an emotional experience, it is like you walk directly into a heavy wall of his emotions.
How long does it take to complete a piece, and do you like working on different pieces at the same time?
It takes roughly 2 - 3 days to complete a piece, I like to complete it in one go, if I leave it too long, I might start the painting again as the desire to create the initial idea fades and new ones arrive. I work on one piece at a time on the whole.
What do you hope people feel when they view your art?
I hope people feel something. Anything. As long as there has been a shift in their emotion, even in the smallest way, that'll mean I am doing something right.
Projects & Collaborations
Nov 2023 (17th-19th) – Edinburgh Art Fair