I am a figurative oil painter whose sources of inspiration are immaterial and ephemeral – light and shadows, memory, dreams, transience, absence, ghostly presences, suspended time – and how they interact with the material and physical.
I have a sentimental relationship with the objects and spaces I choose as subjects – perhaps a result of growing up in a household where things were used, reused, and recycled, never discarded, or changed for something new, to the extend of becoming part of the family.
I start from an image encountered in daily life that triggers something and takes me on a journey that may last few hours or several months during which the image is transformed – digitally or mnemonically – and becomes the starting point for a painting.
“Sentimental” involves a slow elaboration of deeply sedimented feelings and memories. My attention is drawn by the connections between past and present, and how lingering feelings act as filters through which reality and matter are reshaped, recoloured, subconsciously edited. “Sentimental” also implies stillness and a mixture of darkness and warmth.