Q+A: Jeska Valk

ARTIST JESKA VALK CREATES OIL PORTRAITS THAT TELL AN INTIMATE STORY OF EACH SUBJECT.

What are some of your earliest memories of art?

When I was a young girl, I have fond memories of visiting art galleries with my mum. She would teach me about art history and the stories behind each piece. I fell in love with the Dutch masters from the Renaissance period and how they captured history, bringing you into their work.

Is there a particular time of day you feel you work best?

I have my coffee at 7am as I get ready in the studio for work with my beautiful dog by my side. I guess I go into an almost meditative state, because I can quite easily stay there until I’m ready for bed.

Do you listen to music while you work?

I enjoy listening to all types of music depending on how I wish to paint that day. One of my favourite genres is classical music, like Claude Debussy.

What is your favourite material to use?

I use oil paints. For me, it glides like silk on the canvas; it takes longer to dry and the colours are vibrant. The brushes I use can be as fine as a pin, enabling me to paint every detail.

What is the driving force behind your artistic practice?

My intention is to honour subjects who are making significant contributions to our environment and to our society.

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