My expression varies constantly, depending on season, location and mood. I'm a restless soul and my biggest fear is to be stuck in a category and not be able to get out of there. Therefore I am working with several artistic expressions such as jewellery design, ink drawing and pure painting. I can not say that this or that is closest to me. I need variety for the inspiration to remain. The practical craftsmanship found in jewellery design is a nice balance to the more free creation of my drawings and paintings.
My pictures often arise from photo material, mixed up with my own imagination. A face can speak to me and I build a story from that. The last years the wildlife has been close to me, since I moved to a house near the forest. In the beginning I felt unsecure, and maybe a bit scared, for what was out there. But as time went on and the more images that arose, it feels more and more like a protection to be so close to nature.
Nature is reliable, robust and the complete opposite to the pulse and variability of the city. But in the same way that I have to vary my expression I need to vary the environment. Both the city and the country are in my life.
In ink sketching I need to really concentrate to work out details and small patterns. In jewellery design you need the same concentration. It is the small details that requires great focus. In that way the expressions are quite similar.
Concentration and focus is something often missed in today's society. We do several things at once and we can always be reached and contacted. It is no longer unpolite to disturb anyone. But if you want to find the right path in a creative process, isolation is sometimes necessary.