My interests lie in beauty, stories and tragedy – these elements are a big part of my work, as are romance, horror, death and fantasy. My inspiration comes from big masters such as Carravaggio, Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Dali, but also from contemporary movies, books and music. Films like Perfume and The Fountain, and much fantasy and horor, have an enormous influence on my work, as do books from Stephen King and Philip Pullman and a lot of different music.
I think art should be aesthetic. I totally disagree with the assumption that beauty has nothing to do with art. It's got everything to do with art – beauty is about fasciination, about love, about life and death. It's vital in all these things.
It all started with drawing – it was one of the few things I could really focus on for a long time.
Then I went to painting, and though I absolutely love doing that, I feel that it's not my sole purpose. At least not for the moment.
At some point I started seeing the sketches I made in Daz Studio, a 3D modelling program, as my work itself. I realized I had much more freedom using that program and combining it with photography; I was no longer dependant on my limited skills as a painter in making an image. And that's what it was about for me – not painting as good as possible, but making an image as good as possible.
Furthermore, in my case there's much more coïncedences with working digital than in painting – because you can rotate around the subject, and change the lighting and background, you often “accidentally” come to a good image. And those are often the best works.
At the moment, I've made a complete medium change - I went from digital art to permanent marker art. I use permanent markers to draw storylike collages on pieces of paper. I find I have a lot more freedom in drawing what fascinates me, and suggest a story without actually telling it. I think this really is something I might do for a long time, and hopefully graduate with.