I'm totally influenced by my children and their immense imaginary world that I try to capture with vibrant colors and sharp contrast. My work serves as a door for the observer to re-experience his or her own childhood dreams.
I remember watching a show on television where a guy was showing how to create colors by combining pigments with egg yolk. I was mesmerized and that was the exact moment when I decided that I wanted to devote my life to art. So my learning started: I watched all the art shows on public television, I attended all kinds of exhibitions and I practiced a lot. When I was about 7 or 8 years old, I painted an abstract piece and threw it in the ground outside of my house hoping that an important art collector would find it and discover me.
Motherhood shaped my artistic inspiration. I realized that with my kids I was able to get into their shoes and remember how children experienced the world. I connected with my inner child, which had seemed to fade away with adulthood.
I’m obsessed with detail, the more realistic the better, even in a fantasy world. I use oil on canvas, watercolors, pastels, acrylics and airbrush, gold and silver leaf: iridescent pigments are a must-have. Every day I go through hundreds of art images, I collect my favorites and I have thousands. My work is a kaleidoscope of art tendencies.
I love to inspire children to become artists. I volunteer at my children’s school giving art classes and showing my work to them. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the kids’ faces light up with joy and hearing them tell me that they want to be like me when they grow up.