As a child growing up in Europe, I was exposed to fine art through museums and gallery exhibitions. The 16th-century Italian artist Michelangelo became my idol for many years. In my teens, I was interested in the emotional expression of figures, sometimes derived from literature and drama, and frequently studied German Expressionist paintings. I was always excited by the expression of color in painting.
I paint to better understand the world around me, a necessity and daily activity like any other daily activity; painting is also a physical activity. Today, my paintings derive from landscapes, reflecting my love for nature and its beauty reflected in sunset scenes I frequently drew in my early childhood. The deep space landscape scene in the art of past centuries has always fascinated me with the longing to rest the eyes upon the horizon line. When I first came to the United States of America, I was living in Hastings on Hudson, New York, and discovered the Hudson River School.
My abstract paintings derive from the Oregon landscape scene I painted for several years while living in Oregon. I am constantly searching while painting to create a space that can be understood by itself, a visual order that makes a solution. Changes and repainting whole areas in the beginning and throughout the entire painting process are necessary to achieve the image that often surprises me and was unexpected. I want to call my style abstract expressionistic.
I feel like an adventurer, a discoverer when I paint. I see my art as a search, a way of living, and energy is the spiritual meaning of any art. In combination with figurative elements, spatial expressions are sometimes reminiscent of objects or figures. I am intrigued by the effect of light. I like the gestural quality of brushstrokes and spontaneity. I do not intend my paintings to be explained or analyzed, but I prefer to leave my paintings in an unfinished state,
expressing the possibility of change indefinitely.
My most successful time as an artist was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as a three-year graduate student. I was surrounded and supported by seven Visual Art Professors at the School of Art at the University of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. My landscape paintings, derived from my time in Oregon as an undergraduate student, turned abstract. This was my most creative and happy time as a painter.
I recently moved to Richmond, Virginia, where I continue to paint in my studio. This new reality of living in a different part of the USA is about another space with different light, colors, and shapes when I think of the city and the James River. My environment now has a dark, moody feeling, which I try translating into new paintings. The change is enormous, and I am trying to find inspiration and creativity. A new painting is in progress, which reflects the colors of the downtown buildings and factory, decaying buildings in brown and red tones of color, overgrown with trees and shrubs, an image that I see on my way to my studio across the James River. It is going to take time and reflection, visible in my brushstrokes. A new beginning, which I do not know will take my paintings.