As a starting material, I use prints of my photographs. A mixture of shellac in alcohol is applied to render the top layer of the print amenable to tools and brushes. The thus released colour pigments allow the original photograph to be altered, expanded and transformed, carrying the ‚real‘ into the metaphorical. After drying, the shellac leaves a reflective high-gloss sheen, creating a visual depth for the eye.
At first sight the shapes seem indistinguishable, blurry. But beneath the sometimes glossy, sometimes cracked surfaces stories unravel, long lost memories come back to life.
I look for the tender poetry in the paintscapes. To me the imagery is above all an expression of emotion, it is an attempt to approach the intangible without trying to hold onto it.