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Question 1: When and how did you realize you wanted to be an artist?
I don’t know really when I first wanted to become an artist, I think it came about by chance. I now realise that in my life, I haven’t had to make many decisions. Often things presented themselves to me and I accepted them. At first I wanted a career in medicine. I found out I had to take a different career path when I made 27 in biochemistry. So then I hesitated a lot because my family showed much opposition. They were saying: How are you going to live if you’re an artist, etcetera. So let’s say it took me a long time to come to terms with the fact that finally, this is what I wanted to do. But I think it was something that was there since my earliest childhood. In my family, my father drew, my mother did various types of crafts, she made patchwork blankets, paper flowers, things of that kind. So I always say that my sense of drawing comes from my father and my sense of colour from my mother. It’s something I was in contact with while I was a young child, so finally it’s something that I’ve always liked to do. But it’s something that took me a long time to admit, that it was what I wanted to do.