Q: Tell us about your method and how you came to favor this medium.
A: I work mainly with oil paint but drawing is something special for me since my childhood. Working with pencils is hypnotizing for me, it’s addicting and I forget time and everything in the world!
With my big oil paintings I prepare everything with a different method from my drawings. For my paintings I have everything already established when I start to paint, but when I draw, I just have a rough idea of what I want to do and, in the process, ideas start to come out and the final result is always a surprise. It’s a process of discovery.
Q: Do you consider yourself a story teller, does your art have a message?
A: I don’t consider myself as a story teller. I have an idea or a feeling for each work and I try to translate it to the canvas or to the paper. Sometimes it has to do with a story or a life experience and I try to concentrate the whole thing in a figure, or in a specific detail of the artwork.
The viewer is usually compelled to create a story about my characters. The girls I paint are anonymous women, frequently without a specific surrounding, so, each viewer has space to create their own stories, depending on their experiences and sensitivity.
I like to pass a sense of femininity, showing various facets of life, feelings, introspection, melancholy, style, innocence or glamour.
Q: When you create art is there a particular audience you try to reach?
A: No, I don’t create to a particular audience, I simply create what I like and what I feel in the moment is important to express (a specific idea, a feeling or simply a beautiful image that gives me pleasure to paint or draw).
Q: What inspires your creations?
A: I get inspired by so many things: colors, movies, music, fashion, a conversation, a book, a phrase, some people, nature and my own experiences of life.
Q: How would you define beauty? Is there a deep or intense sensory manifestation or a meaningful quality that speaks to you? Can you describe what quantifies the essence of beauty for you?
A: Beauty is really in the eye of the beholder. Beauty can be everywhere, in anything.
Beauty is something difficult to describe, it’s an invisible charm, is something we feel compelled to, something we tune into it. Beauty is strength and harmony, is a necessity and is a process of sensitivity and intelligence. I think the human being cannot live without beauty and Art is really a big way of feeding people with beauty.
Q: Do you feel that art should exemplify the “Golden Mean” to be pleasing to the eye?
A: I think Art can be whatever we want it to be. I don’t think it must exemplify the Golden Mean to be pleasing to the eye. There is so much beauty in so many forms and ways of showing things. The Golden Mean is the middle way, between the excess and deficiency, but sometimes the excess or a sense of minimalism is where the interest begins, it gives you different feelings and is when, in some ways, makes you think more deeply about certain questions or feelings.
Q: How do you want to be remembered?
A: I would like to be remembered as a person who lived for her passion, who tried to do her best to be a good artist and a good person.