Elsa Romei is probably familiar to many as an actress, however she recently began to take art seriously…
How did you get started?
Since my childhood I liked to draw maybe because my father was an Italian artist. Being busy with a family, work and drama I waited for my retirement to take art seriously. From then on the ball started rolling.
What genre do you consider your work to be?
I prefer figurative art but anything that takes my fancy ends up on my canvas.
Describe your work in less than 10 words.
I am inspired by the world around me.
Where was your first exhibition held?
At Razzett tal-Markiz (Mosta) as a solo but I had participated in various collective exhibitions before that.
How long have you been practising your art?
Since I could hold a pencil! But about 15 years seriously.
Which is your favourite from among your own artworks?
Difficult to say… maybe a study for a portrait I did during class with Jason Lu.
Whose artist’s work are you most inspired by?
Gauguin, Klimt, Mucha and the Mannerism Movement.
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
Actress (as I gave my share to drama till my retirement)
What is the epitome of happiness for you?
Feeling at peace with myself and all around me.
What are you working on at the moment?
Some sketches of feminine biblical figures for my own meditation and contemplation. Art can be a form of prayer.
Are you a morning person or do you come alive at night?
Definitely NOT a morning person.
How many coffees a day? Don’t embellish.
From 2 to 4 …it depends.
Sundays can be very productive for some and very unproductive for others. How do you spend yours?
For me a laid back day.
Wine and cheese. Yes or no?
If you were given a million euros, what would you indulge yourself with?
I would help animal shelters.
Paula has a pedigree in TV and stage production (children's and family entertainment) and a passion for the arts. She's taken the reins on The Artists' Directory - Malta and the relevant content for the site.