Art as a mirror of society

My goal as an artist is to explore what makes people do the things they do and act the way they act. People have always been the major inspiration for my work – striving to portray the private expressions behind the public faces.

Themes that intrigue me are religion, identity, politics and a longing to belong. Some of these themes are potential minefields in which feelings can run high.

I was living in the USA when the tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri took place in August 2014. The unrest inspired me to create a series of works to express my own dismay. (It also contributed to my decision to return to Europe a year or so later.)

The recent Black Lives Matter protests around the world, reminded me of this collection of oil paintings I made at the time of the Ferguson troubles. I offer it as a mirror for those who want to reflect.