My women tend to hide as much as they reveal. I think that, in some sense, they also try to look into the viewer or to make the viewer look inside themselves. They guide the viewer into capturing a feeling, thought, emotion or memory, to find within themselves. They push us to ask the difficult questions and to dare to face the answers and hunt for the darkest part of our being. You can only balance the self by dancing with both personas, the light and the dark, the day and the night.
I believe that my female subjects are also an answer to different people and different experiences I have encountered throughout my life. They can be threatening towards the eyes looking back at them, or they can comfort the broken soul – even vibrate strength towards them – not allowing them to give up. It’s really about the person looking back and their experience with life. Some people even recognise the nature of the feeling because they have also had that expression before, they have seen it in the mirror.
When I think of my women, I think of the contemporary amazons, and of all the women before us that set the path for freedom and strength. I feel their power through their eyes. They encourage us to remain strong, to move forward, to fight back, to remain multi-lingual, fluent in the languages of dreams, nature, passion, and poetry. They invite us back into the wild side of our beings, to feel it all, our wild nature. They set us free.