WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BE AN ARTIST? WHEN DID YOU BEGIN EXPRESSING YOURSELF THROUGH CREATIVE AVENUES?
Art should be many things. it should inspire, be talked about, admired, collected and tell a story, but most of all, it should be enjoyed.
To me, art is a means of thinking, an expression, an offering to everyone of a different perspective on the world.
Every work of art is a unique study into creating a shared experience for someone to enjoy.
From an early age everyone told me I could paint, that I could draw, and I would be an artist one day. However, it was after my first art gallery visit when I truly believed I had something important to give to the art world. I stared at the paintings in the Art Gallery NSW and saw things in paintings that intrigued me. Questions I couldn't ask the long-dead artists, wondering what their answers would be. What inspired them? how did they do that? what techniques did they apply? This started my never-ending desire for researching art, the how, the why, the unknown.
After a recent trip overseas to London and New York, I spent hours in galleries, only to find I had more questions, not answers, but it is this that drives me forward, to keep learning and keep being inspired.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR ARTISTIC JOURNEY: WHERE DID YOU RECEIVE AN ART EDUCATION, OR ARE YOU SELF-TAUGHT OR CURRENTLY STUDYING? WHERE ARE YOU FROM AND WHERE DO YOU CURRENTLY LIVE AND PRACTICE ART?
I studied art at school and university, but I always felt it never got me to where I wanted to be - technically speaking. I am self-taught and love finding answers to the questions that arise every single day. Online tutorials, gallery talks, and exhibitions also allow myself to build upon my knowledge and push myself towards being a better artist. I am as excited by the new art opportunities in Virtual Reality art as I am learning about the traditional "Masters" of art. (Bouguereau, Rembrandt and Da Vinci)
I currently live in Sydney - Australia, I have a Greek/Italian ancestry and paint at home (dreaming of being able to have a studio space one day)
WHAT IDEAS ARE YOU CURRENTLY EXPLORING IN YOUR WORK?
I am currently working on three main collections.
1. A study of the golden age of Hollywood. Capturing the timeless beauty of long-gone movie idols. Currently, I am capturing the spirit of Elizabeth Taylor and her famous Halsman portrait. (Oil on Canvass)
2. A study of the colour palettes of famous painters over the years. Bouguereau, Rembrandt, LS Lowry, Picasso and Da Vinci. Each painter’s palette is represented by 144 pixelated colours to showcase the hidden vibrancy within each masterpiece. (Oil on board). For people who love the Master Painters colours but may not necessarily wish to have a print of a famous painting on their wall at home.
3. Digital Mixed Medium: I believe a modern artist can work spherically across many platforms. Using traditional oil and watercolours & combining techniques to create a post-modern style on todays digital domain.
WHICH MEDIUMS DO YOU USE IN YOUR WORK, AND WHAT APPEALS TO YOU ABOUT THEM?
Predominantly I work with oil on canvass, I have however used on many occasions (including my last collection) acrylics, watercolours, metallics and many other mediums to create my Planete series. - On my website.
Oil on canvass will always be my "go-to" medium. classical, traditional and it allows for the most realistic experience for me when painting.
TELL US ABOUT SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR ARTISTIC CAREER, SUCH AS MEMORABLE SHOWS/EXHIBITIONS WHERE YOU HAVE EXHIBITED OR PUBLICATIONS AND BLOGS WHERE YOUR WORK HAS BEEN FEATURED?
The highlight of my career is having friends and family members look at my paintings and then stop, sit down, or just stare at them. their emotional response drives me to paint more. It is only recently when I truly believed in myself that this could be a career for me. I always had a fall-back job to go to and think of my painting as a serious love, a hobby. Now though I feel different and am ready to embrace being a serious artist. This is my very first online application to be showcased in any capacity.
I am looking forward to getting out there and applying for exhibitions, gallery showings and other platforms to break through into the art world. I hope this step is the first of many opportunities ahead.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR YOU? FEEL FREE TO SHARE ANY OF YOUR FUTURE PLANS SUCH AS EXHIBITIONS, TRAVELS, RESIDENCIES, COLLABORATIONS OR ANY OTHER INTERESTING INFORMATION RELATING TO YOUR ART CAREER.
I have recently put together my website and social media platforms as the first steps reaching out to the art world. I am looking at all opportunities that present themselves to me. I am open to all suggestions and avenues such as exhibitions, most recently searching out interior designers and art rental companies as a promotional avenue.
ARE YOU INSPIRED BY THE WORK OF YOUR PEERS OR ANYONE ELSE IN PARTICULAR?
Having spent quite a while on YouTube looking into other artists techniques and tutorials I came across Andrew Tischler and Cesar Santos, both amazing artists. I admire their ability to communicate technique clearly and without fear of their brushstrokes. Traditional oil painters such as Rembrandt and Bouguereau fascinate and inspire me no matter what type of medium I am using.
Recently I visited Melbourne and was lucky enough to immerse myself in Virtual Reality art. This, in turn, led me to look at Anna Zhilyavea's Virtual art. Inspirational in the extreme, an area of art I would love to venture into one day. Another exciting possibility perhaps once I have finished my current collections.
CAN YOU SHARE ANY FUN FACTS ABOUT YOU OR SOMETHING THAT YOU LIKE TO DO APART FROM MAKING ART?
My fall-back vocation has been men's traditional barbering and women's hairstyling. I guess I have always seen this as an adjunct to creating art. Making people feel good about themselves the way art brings joy into people’s lives.
I love travelling and have recently come back from Singapore, UK, Spain, Canada and the US. The trip of a lifetime. Every time I travel, I research the local art scene and artists, visit galleries and most excitingly for me is the opportunity to find raw ingredients for my pigments. I have climbed to the top of volcanoes in Italy, scoured beaches and parklands for minerals and bought local gemstones from markets so that when I return from holiday, I can crush them down and make my own oil paints.
I also have a degree in Audio Engineering and Sound Design and would love to incorporate this skill into my first art exhibition.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
I hope you like my website and FB, Instagram pages. I value any feedback and suggestions and hope that soon I could be featured.
Thank you for taking the time to review my artworks.