What is your background?
Before I started painting I worked in a bank for 32 years, of which the last 20 years within management. I quit working here in 2007. I always had a big passion for art. Back in 2010, when I got the opportunity to live my dream to work and develop my art, there wasn’t any doubt in my mind. In other words, being creative brings me great joy.
What does your work aim to say?
I am inspired by my everyday impressions and experiences. And also get much inspiration from traveling the world. I am especially inspired by the modern person in the big city. As a result, this portraiture has a very special place in my repertoire. I work with oil on canvas, using a figurative expression focusing on light and shadows.
What are the obstacles that female artists still encounter today in regard to their art, or the fact it's made by woman?
I don't have any problems being a women in the art world. I feel it is more an issue when you don't have a "known name".
I think our own barrier as a woman is the bigger reason. I feel we often ask "Is it good enough now? Will the spectators like my work?". And I don't experience men being humble in the same way as us women constantly trying to "perform" 100%. I find it hard to stand up and "sell my own work". These are similar mechanism that apply in business, where it are often men who hold the top jobs.
Koege - Denmark