MY APPROACH TO ART AND MY STYLE
My aim has never been to win any competitions and be the best in the world in painting. I honestly detest competitions of any kind. That’s why you can’t find me as a gold winner anywhere. Sometimes I submit my works to smaller competitions because I feel pressure. “He’s teaching watercolors but what are his achievements?” – people ask. I paint for pleasure, to make my and others’ lives beautiful, not to win anything or to prove anything. I like to spend time on a painting, without hurry, without pressure. I just like to enjoy the process and if someone likes my paintings that’s wonderful and that’s a bonus.
Painting is like meditation. It’s a slow process of putting one brush stroke after another, immersing yourself into the wonderful world of watercolor. I find it very relaxing when I slowly build my paintings with layers, working section by section and trying to find ways to depict my subject in a realistic style. Vibrant colors and transparent properties of watercolor paints allow me to capture the essence of my subjects in a unique way. Working with this medium is challenging, but also very exciting and rewarding.
I paint mostly in a realistic style, but I like to leave some room for my own interpretations. I like when a painting looks realistic, but you can recognize it’s a painting. Some of my paintings are considered by others as hyperrealistic, but I don’t think they are. Hyperrealism has never been my goal, although I love details.
Inspiration is everywhere. A small bird on a thorn twig, a ray of light illuminating the petals from the back, repeated patterns of batik fabrics or just a beautiful shape of a leaf with a dew drop that will fall off in a moment. Little bits of reality that we pass by indifferently can have great power – they remind us that we are just pollen in this universe. I’d like to stop for a moment, capture those bits and contemplate them for a little longer.