My main motives in the past have been portraits but I have increasingly ventured into the sphere of landscapes as well. People fascinate me, their faces, the ways their noses crinkle, the way their eyes shine when they laugh. Landscapes have given me a way to paint maps of my inner world and to show it to the viewer.
My art teacher in high school once taught me that you could never do anything wrong with ocker, phthalo blue, and dark red. And so, these became my main colours. They are cheerful, powerful, and intense. They have entered my bloodstream, I cannot paint without those. That is why I have to run to the store quite often to just buy bottles of those three colours.
Most of my portraits are simplistic in arrangement. You could call my style essentialist. Over the years, it has become even more so, as you can see on my artistic development page. I want the viewer of the art to know what I think is important, I want to reach out my hand and guide them along.
I like to feature light as a vital component in my art, I like to play with it. It makes a painting so much more lively and interesting. It transports you to moments long forgotten and places long lost.
Along with letting my viewer sink into my art, I want to make them feel something, when they look at it. Emotions are a key part of my art. They can be very soft at times, like a warm breeze coming out of the picture and enveloping you for a minute. My hope is, that the feeling stays on, that I touch people with the art I make.
Another important element in my art is structure: I like to define all spaces clearly, help the eye through the painting or drawing. A clear sign of me not knowing where to go with a drawing is when I blur together shapes. Then, I often have to step back and check my initial sketches again.