New to the city of London, the early 20s version of myself had no idea that painting is something that I`m good at. It started quite randomly, having a go at it with black and white paints on a broken piece of canvas. Slowly, two paint tubes turned into many and the pleasure of painting took hold of me. Being self-taught meant that there was no skeleton on which to build my practice, no milestones to reach. With no knowledge of what art is I ventured to discover it for myself, one brushstroke at a time for over 6 years now.
The introduction of art into my life represented a major shift of attention from the outside world to the inner universe that revolves silently around every action, reaction and thought that I have. It brought my awareness upon the very thin silver lining of most situations that I am given to witness, blurring the contrast between the mundane and the artistic. With practice came the point of view that enabled me to perceive the beautiful aspect of life in almost every circumstance, even if at a first glance there is a tragic coat around it.
When I am in front of a canvas or blank piece of paper I observe how a creative force from within is taking charge or my movements, to some degree transforming into a mere spectator to this marvellous manifestation where, consequently, the creator becomes the created. I witness how my inner world, with all its intricacies, feelings and hidden – sometimes even to myself – meanings, comes to life and becomes a reality for my intellect to better observe and understand itself. Thus, in no time, my practice of art became my main tool for comprehending and healing myself. With it, however, another façade of life surfaced – the concept that everything is at the disposal of the awareness that is observing it; that beauty, as the proverb goes, is in the eye of the beholder.
It is my sincere desire to develop the ability to infuse individuals from all walks of life with the same awe that I hold for the world we live in, and that so majestically manifests in front of our eyes.