I believe that for some, art is a demanding part of life rather than a just a choice. It assumes first place before everything else and strives to tie itself to all aspects of lifestyle and activity. I am more and more fascinated with the beauty of our world because of regular meditation and devotion to experience through mimesis. The opportunity to manifest gratitude and love between the mystery of awareness and material existence has been the highest reward in my life. To the artist, the marriage of pure desire and will may lead to spiritual possession of the world and to the realization of the many gifts we are given as individuals in the divine order of existence.
Over the past few years, I have recognized a trinity in my artistic attention. First, I must become genuinely aware of the various surrounding environments and cultures in which I may find myself. It was a revelation to find that everything in the world is a musical combination of occurrence, coincidence, and pattern with a well-defined purpose. The order constitutes people as evolving nations; cities as growing plants; rivers and trees as melodious painters; and galaxies as countless microbes. I try to give credence to my material existence through an emotional combination of metaphor with universal, cultural, and personal symbolism.
A different form of expression in my painting comes from the internal world of memory gained from material experience as records of emotional, visual and textural occurrences within the mind. It is a practice of forced vision and acceptance of mental imagery as performances of the artist’s constantly developing internal culture. Through this contemplative, truly personal and inventive drawing and painting, I am
allowed to tap into the world of dreams, in which our souls spend almost half their natural life. Gods, spirits, and archetypes reveal themselves and become tangible through imitative presentation as a dialogue is established between personal spirituality and the universal pantheon.
Finally, in our time of unsurpassed development in countless areas of human existence it is truly a unique opportunity and a challenge to prove how the romantic practice of painting belongs in modern society. There is a mental athleticism in learning how to compromise to be expressive, pragmatic, and skillful. It is my mission to develop respect and an understandable dialogue with for any viewer and stay exclusively true to myself. I must be able to plant a kind of “series tree” and establish multiple interests. I have to learn to give and gain the very most using any available resources. I try to expand and push the limits, even learning how to stylistically collaborate on projects with like-minded artists. I just want to accept that if I may live only once, it is only worth to create something alternative out of life to be sure I’m not wasting time, one of our most precious gifts.
I am more than willing to work on diverse commissions, ranging from portraits and thematic paintings to master copies and interior decoration. Commissions are undertaken in all scales ranging from small sketches to mural-size paintings. I work primarily in oil on canvas, and have recently been experimenting more with less “heavy” mediums, such as color pencil, gouache, watercolors and other drawing mediums.