Looking back, which experiences, jobs and personality traits do you think have really helped you? It has proven rather helpful that I have often visited museums, galleries, and exhibitions with children – with my own girls as well as with their school classes, kindergarten, birthday parties…
What inspired you to write this book? I was inspired by picture books like ‘Where’s Waldo?’ Many works of art show busy scenes that awaken fantasy and invite you to discover many details, very similar to the popular search and find books for children.
What was the most interesting thing you discovered when writing this book? That it works with art throughout the centuries, cultures, and continents, even with abstract art.
What was the best thing about writing this book? The research for finding the perfect choice of works was really great fun! I discovered so many exciting artworks, many more than I could use for the book.
Which are your favourite images in this book? Phew, hard to say… maybe the Indian garden? Or the medieval castle, or the Breughel… or the Keith Haring? Each painting has its own special character and appeal.
What was one of the best things that happened because of this book? Seeing the enthusiasm of the little kids in the former kindergarten of my own children while looking at the book – and to hear their dialogues about the things they discovered.
What are your favourite works or art? Phew, that’s hard to say because art is nearly always fascinating. I’m a big fan of Renaissance art as well as modern and contemporary art. I love gardens in art and I’m very interested in female artists.
When you go into a bookshop, which department do you head straight to? Children’s books, of course.
What do you choose to do in your spare time? Yoga, reading books, cooking, meeting friends…
Do you collect anything? I used to collect children’s books, glassware, ceramics, and other things for some time but now I find that I don’t like to own too many things. Currently I ‘collect’ experiences, adventures and connecting with people. That brings much more inspiration and happiness to my life than possessing material objects.
Read my review of ‘The Treasure Hunt; I Spy With My Little Eye’ here.
Portrait photography by Pia Werner.