I have always been fascinated by the human face in drawing, painting and photography. This interest developed during my studies at the Art Academy when I began to cultivate a realistic style, despite that the fashion of the day was installations, videos and varieties of postmodern art.
Naturally, this led to that I began to get portrait commissions which I greatly enjoyed: it is always an adventure to try to capture the personality of a particular person. When doing my military service, they actually allowed me to sit and paint in a little storage room for military equipment: helmets and such stuff. One day, I was notified that the regimental commander had visited my “studio,” and decided that I was competent enough to paint his portrait. First I did a personal portrait of him in camouflage uniform; and when this was deemed acceptable, I did the official one when he retired. The portrait was solemnly uncovered with literal fanfares. It was a deliciously anti-modern act of art.