Describe the first moment that you truly felt like an artist. I don’t really feel like an artist, the word scares me. I’m a painter. And I’ve always been a painter. Are you self-taught or did you study to become an artist? I studied political science and then business in Paris, so not really arty studies. But, I’ve always painted in my free time. When I was 14, I met my mentor who taught me everything I know about painting. How did you end up where you are? Luck. A few good reviews, then someone at Saatchi noticed me, then more and more galleries started to offer to show my work. Would you ever give up on a painting or do you always push yourself through? I’ve given up three times so far. I hate when it happens. I cried all three times. Do you feel pressure as a full-time artist to be creative all the time? No, should I? I never thought about that before. What have you learned during your art career that you wish you’d figured out a long time ago? It’s ok to feel so deeply and drastically free.
This interview was conducted fall 2014.