Reality catching up with an artist’s irrealistic fantasy. Mixing elements one likes, for example a frozen nordic scenery and lingerie-clad pin-up posing, despite the unlikelihood of such match. Dealing with the consequences. I got the idea of this painting from the challenge of depicting such a skin effect. Which quickly got me thinking about me never having painted a dark-skinned woman before. Lingerie credits: Karolina Laskowska.