"Painting is something that has always been present in my life. It is something I need to do, it makes me feel good, it is almost a medicine."
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Photography: Cecilia Renard | Bag: Kiniria | February 2021 | Minorca
Tell us a little about yourself. How would you like to introduce yourself?
My name is María and since I was little I have liked to spend long periods of time alone. It's in those moments where I explore forms of expression, try to create something, or just do nothing and recharge. I could say that I love people, meeting them and observing them, but that I need spaces of solitude to be well. Nature calms me and animals are what I like most on this planet. I always have a thousand questions, I am very curious. Oh and my sun sign is Leo.
Where do you currently live and where would you say your home is?
Now I live in Menorca, in Maó. It is my home and always has been. I was born here and, although I have lived abroad for 12 years, returning has been an incredible experience. I have been able to reconnect with my family, my friends, the island. I don't rule out leaving again, but always to come back.
What does a day of work and also a day off consist of?
Work days vary greatly, depending on the job. If I work for myself it is always a bit scattered, sometimes it is difficult for me to concentrate or carry out an idea. A thousand doubts arise, but I try not to let them take up too much space and to be able to finish what I started. I don't stop until that idea materializes, then I decide if I like it or not. Many times I don't like it but I try not to let it affect me. When, however, the moment comes when something satisfies me, it is a beautiful feeling. My days off are calm, I like to do few things, be at home, take a long walk with my dog, be with friends or my partner, go see the sea...
How did drawing/painting become your main tool of expression?
Painting is something that has always been present in my life since I was a child. My father is a painter and since I can remember I have played with painting on any surface (wood, paper, stone) that we found with his paints. I still have some of those drawings. I also grew up watching him paint and having books and films about his main references very close. Later, during adolescence, I abandoned this practice but slowly resumed it when I started university. Today I can say that it is something I need to do, it makes me feel good, it is almost a medicine.