I knew I was an artist long before I even knew who I was: it's the cornerstone of who I am and a way for me to understand and define my identity.
A pivotal moment for me was my journey to Finland to explore my ancestry. I am descended from the Sami, semi-nomadic reindeer herders from near the Arctic circle in the Nordic countries.
Another important discovery was diagnosing myself as dyslexic, and understanding and reinterpreting my childhood and myself through this new knowledge. One of my "dyslexic superpowers" is the ability to draw ideas and influences from disparate places - you can see this in my animal portraits, which are influenced by both Persian miniatures and Germanic Renaissance portraiture.
I am a portraitist exploring the ways in which our identity is shaped, both from within ourselves and by society at large. My painting raises consciousness about issues that matter to me as a woman, a creative and compassionate person, and a lover of nature.