My family was very religious, devoted Catholics attending church every Sunday. I think that, even though I’m a non-believer nowadays, Catholic religion ‘stained’ me for life, especially when it comes to its approach towards women and their representation, in which one can only be a saint or a promiscuous sinner. In consequence, I’m very much inspired by religious icons, old masters’ paintings and sculptures in general. The oddity and richness of regal surrounding fascinates me. I’m also mainly focused on portraying women. Apart from classical art I’ve been always fascinated by the perfection and resilience of nature, botanic life especially. The endless shapes and forms of trees, flowers, and shrubs are an integral backdrop for my works.