You paint stunning abstract women. Where do you get your inspiration from?
My artistic work is rooted in nature and very much influenced by the essence of its femininity. My inspiration is, therefore, a combination of nature’s gifts and tokens and my vision of womanhood as reflected in our humanity.
You recently participated in the #ARTGIVESBACK initiative with The L.I.A. Project where partial proceeds of sales are donated back to impactful mental health foundations. What made you partner with The L.I.A. Project and why did you pick those particular pieces?
Art is a powerful tool for self-realization and transformation and I believe that it should not be constrained but shared for the benefit of all. By participating in The L.I.A. Project’s #ARTGIVESBACK initiative, I feel I can continue to contribute to the betterment of others and provide support to a collective effort that encourages personal growth and affirmation within our society. I created “Grace” with this in mind, knowing she would come to blossom amidst all the emotional turmoil, her hardships and life’s complexities.
You use a variety of mediums within your work but what intrigued me is your use of ethereal objects from nature, like tree bark… Can you explain your creative process when creating?
What inspires me is nature; when I feel in touch with nature I notice all the shapes, the textures, and the colors surrounding me. It is truly inspiring. This is the first step in my creative process. I start by finding inspiration, which can truly come from anywhere. I will take pictures of anything that inspires me in terms of shape, of forms, of texture, and store them in my phone. I will then look for a female portrait – indeed those portraits are, in my opinion, the best medium for me to paint my art. Once I have chosen the portrait in which I can reflect what I wish to express, I will use an array of digital applications in order to add the texture, and the colors that react to what I have in mind. This part of the process is the longest as I need to try multiple combinations of colors and textures, before I will be satisfied. However, the work is far from done, in fact “the fun begins”! I will print the digitally modified portraits on wood, and then start a more traditional artistic process, using acrylic, collage, aerosol paints and paint stripper in the canvas to work as perfectly as possible with the physical and visual properties of the wood. I then polish my work as much as necessary, often taking a short period of time off, in order to reflect on the work and come back at a later moment with a different vision for my piece. Finally, I often go into the forest in order to gather objects such as feather, leaves, wood, and incorporate them into my paintings to add depth and true meaning to my design.
You recently showed your first painting in New York? How was that experience for you? What are your artistic goals for the future?
The New York showing was definitely an exciting experience. I felt extremely privileged to be part the Azart Gallery Ultra Modern collective. It also made me realize that, despite its vastness, we live in a wonderfully small world. My artistic goals are forever evolving and I am looking forward to my next global adventure.
What’s next for you? Do you have any upcoming projects you are excited about?
I recently joined forces the Thompson Landry Gallery, where I am showing a series of original works. And I will continue to give back to viable causes, such as this one, through my art and my heart. Always…