Bring yourself to life— explain what you do and why you do it?
First and foremost, I’m a digital artist working in photography and collage. I love to do self-portraits as well as work with models and found images to bring memories and forgotten triggers to life. That’s why I like combining found objects, collecting, editing, hiding, and revealing to create a new story from something we thought we knew.
What drives you to follow through with your business goals and personal development?
I’ve got to say I’m most motivated by a desire to communicate visually and use imagery as a tool to uncover my own emotions and feelings. I unearth links from my past, my present, my dreams, my desires, and it helps me discover parts of my mind I don’t even realise I’m delving into. I’m also driven by my past experiences in relationships— my connection with partners has taught me to be independent and in control of my own destiny. As for my business goals: it’s about constantly growing to challenge myself and fire myself up. There are oh-so-many avenues and possibilities to explore, and I find diving into the unknown to be an exhilarating feeling!
Who is your greatest inspiration?
My surroundings, my life, my intimate relationships, my emotions. Most of my inspiration comes from within, from my own inner world. Of course, I’m also inspired by amazing artists such as Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman… The common denominator: journeys that are rich in artistic development, passion and immersive craft, managing to create immense bodies of work while also staying business-savvy.
What does success mean to you? How much do you think success is built on luck?
To me, success is about achieving goals that make you feel proud, challenged, and uncomfortable at the same time. I see it in lessons learned, milestones achieved, and pieces that people truly move people. And all of this only happens through hard work, persistence, digging deep within, and daring to be relentlessly fearless.
What does being beautiful and healthy mean to you?
Tough one! Beauty can take so many forms and vary wildly from person to person. What attracts us? Sometimes it’s just the way someone smells or sounds. To experience something you think is beautiful and be moved by it is a wonderful feeling. An artwork, a landscape, a person— it’s all so personal and should never be prescribed. That said, I often find beauty in what others consider rubbish or junk, or in the often-maligned concrete jungle. Sometimes, we see the beauty in potential. I love being able to see a dream or a vision in something that’s imperfect or not yet fully realised. On a personal level, as a woman, I find a lot of importance is often placed on the way we look. But we can reclaim that too— the most important element is to feel comfortable with all types of beauty, all versions of beauty at different ages. To be healthy is to have a healthy mind. A balanced lifestyle. Good food and good daily habits like exercise, sea, and good old sunshine.
What does your skincare and wellness morning and night routine look like?
My skincare is very simple. I love to use face oils and gentle mild face cleansers. I adore indulgent baths with magnesium salts and lemongrass oil. I all for hair oils too— coconut oil, hemp oil, rosehip oil, you name it. Some of my all-time favourite products are Rationale face masks, the classic Clinique moisturiser for day and night, Mecca Cosmetica’s 50+ sunblock. More naturals also: Wellco Vital Greens and Lumira’s Tuscan Fig Perfume Oil. On a different note, I live for teas with freshly grated ginger and lemongrass, or a simple English Breakfast with a zingy lemon slice. To keep myself happy and healthy, I walk most days for an hour— and I’d love to get back into yoga!
How do you manage mental health and self-care?
Community and communication are really important to me. I’m lucky to have a close friend I can always speak to, as well as a caring family. My partner is also incredibly supportive. He really puts time in to connect and get it all out when he knows I’m either holding onto things or trying to get through hard stuff on my own.
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