Fleurien’s main source of inspiration is a distant past that’s connected with her forefathers. Having made a name for themselves as floral still life painters, her ancestors gave her insight into the symbolism, versatility and power of flowers. Flowers have been a recurring theme in her work since she started as an artist. It’s part of her DNA, the language she uses. Flowers – which in the history of art have always stood for transience, but also for love, purity, youth, sensuality, sun and earth – inspired her to make a vast body of large oil paintings.