How would you describe yourself?
I am a very self-confident woman who tells her thoughts very directly. In my life I have learned that I only get further when I rely on myself and I learned to work hard for the things I want to achieve. I have always known what I want and I find a solution for every problem. I am able to combine my logical thoughts and my creative heart. I am proud of myself and with my projects I want to inspire every woman and every mother to feel like this.
How would you describe your art?
My illustrations are usually very colourful, fashionable and detailed. I always try to have a positive statement or impact within the graphic. I started digital illustration only one year ago and I noticed that my techniques evolve and improve with every picture.
How would you describe your field?
Art is a very personal field and as an artist you always open yourself to your audience. This requires courage and also self-confidence. Since my main job has been art director I know how to not only present art beautifully but also how to market it. I think these are two important skills if you want to be successful with art.
What do you want to say through your art?
My art is mainly about women, feminism, self-love and female strength.
With my pictures I would like to encourage women to not let themselves be defeated in this world. That women are just as strong and are able to achieve just as much as every human being. Of course I also bring up grievances again and again, as you can see with the illustration “Girls just want to be CEO”. I think the amount of women in the management positions is still too small and it is not because we are not interested in such positions, but simply because we are not considered capable of it.
What / Who inspires you?
I am mainly inspired by people and their stories. But also by music, quotations, photographers or historical events.
Does your work comment on your social or political issues?
Yes, mostly. As I said, I bring up the grievances for women again and again, for example when it comes to job positions or the worth of a woman in society. This issue also affects me personally very much. Art polarizes when it deals with current topics and people feel confirmed by it.
What obstacles have you faced?
I had no obstacles. But circumstances that forced me to work even harder and to coordinate even better and to be even more structured. I am a mother, wife, full-time art director, graphic design instructor and illustrator. It takes discipline and energy to keep it all together.
What is the best advice you could give to someone entering the same industry as you?
You can’t expect immediate success. If you practice regularly you will get better very quickly, but it takes a lot of discipline not to give up. Stay focused, work hard and stay free in your mind.
On a more pragmatic level have you been supported during your project?
You always need support. I have found many great artists on Instagram and also bloggers who supported me repeatedly. It creates a great network and I am very grateful for that. But also my family has always supported me. I started painting when I was a child and always had the freedom to develop my skills and myself. At school I was always told that I would not become anything if I just paint all day. But as an artist it is easier today than ever before because of the social networks. Now you are able to reach much more people and show the world what your skills are.