Raw materials from nature play a huge role in my art. It inspires me to know that the paint I use once was a soybean or a linseed – or even a walnut or a stone. It’s fascinating to be aware of the origins of these things. I vividly remember when it all started: At first, I realised that my brushes looked all eaten up after a while. When it dawned on me that the acrylic paint caused that damage, I began to question my materials. I never liked having acrylic paint on my hands or anywhere on my skin anyway – it always felt wrong. All that convinced me to look for alternatives. I found them in a book about natural home decoration. Reading this, I first learned about painting with eggs tempera and casein. The authors also provided recipes and I began to experiment. I was so intrigued that I bought some other books and completely switched from acrylics to natural paints in a few weeks.