Nowadays people in the city are so stressed out. We live in a world of grey cubicles, with high-tech computers, and can capture images in seconds, yet still we hunger for beauty, authenticity and fine art. Advertising images bombard us in magazines and billboards, but they do not share the essence of the artist, the creator.
An artist should be an observer first. My inspiration can come from the smallest things. Seeing beauty in everything is an unlimited inspiration source for me. Sometimes ideas overflow my mind, and my lifetime will be too short to create all of them. I think that all artwork possesses its own special energy. My emotions splash on the canvas as I paint. When I have a bad mood, I can't create, so I consciously strive to be in balance with myself and my surroundings.
I agree with The American Art Therapy Association that "the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self awareness, and achieve insight." Pieces made by artists possess a different energy and can create legacy beyond generations.
Let's bring masterpieces from museums to the crowds. Instead of worrying about healthcare, let's worry about soul-care and give painting a chance to be a healing art. For me, painting is not trying to match the reality, copied perfection of nature. It is something unique, individual, and communicative between a piece and viewer, through an artist's mind and hands.
I like to work with a variety of styles, depending on my feeling or inspiration: abstract, still lives, rural and urban landscapes, and flowers. Lately I like to do abstracts on oversized canvases. It is a little challenging to start from a big pure white canvas, but it is like my personal, experimental laboratory. I work until I can stop and be satisfied with my work, and often, because of my passion, it is hard to stop...