My parents worked for the UN, so we travelled a lot. I spent my childhood in Nairobi in Kenya. Later, I lived in Geneva, Paris and New York. Today, I live in Barcelona. I am glad to have had so many experiences and to have lived in so many places. I feel at home all over the world.
My “aha” moment came at the age of 14, when I visited an exhibition on Henri Cartier-Bresson. It was around that same time that I first saw the portrait of Elizabeth II by Lucian Freud. The unflattering realism of this painting had a huge impact on me. I taught myself to paint by copying the works of great artists like David Hockney and Barbara Kruger. It was always clear to me that a career as an artist is a bumpy road and that not everyone makes it, which is why I studied design in Paris and Barcelona. Design gave me the opportunity to cultivate my creativity while still making a living.
The female body and meditation.
Painting, including body painting, is more than a hobby for me. When I paint a woman's body, it is a form of meditation. It fills me with awe and I feel so privileged.
Networks of women are important to me.
It is equally important to create environments in which women can develop. Paloma Wool is a multidisciplinary project, an independent label consisting of a permanent team of twelve talented and creative female friends working at the interface of fashion, art and photography.