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The subject is secondary, whether I am painting a portrait, a landscape or a still life - the light on the subject makes the image. That is the key to my work.
One rule I take away from this is: Paint what you see, not what you know. That's especially about shapes.
My working method is to capture an image that I have already composed in my head, I can work on that for a very long time. When I start painting, there are surprising twists that inspire me so that it may turn out differently than initially planned.
Abstract parts when you zoom in on a painting only take on a recognizable form when you step back, I find that fascinating in painting and like to use it in my work.