I'm currently living in Brussels, Belgium where I have my atelier. I moved here from Gent (also in Belgium) and previously from Wroclaw (Poland, where I was born). I moved to Belgium after taking part in Erasmus exchange program during my studies. And it took my few years to find myself abroad and be able to do what I'm doing full time - painting. Besides painting I'm a co-funder of a screen printing project ahaha.be, printings on textiles.
I always liked paint as a medium and this is my main tool. Maybe one day I would try something else, but for the moment I like it too much.
When I'm visiting an exhibition and I see works that speak to me, they always make me feel like painting. I think what motivates me the most are every compliments about my work that I get. Every positive word is very powerful and makes you keep going.
My starting point for every painting are photographs, so every visual picture that I find interesting could be the beginning of a new painting. I also rarely do sketches. I like to paint fast, so I'm starting directly on a canvas. I also allow myself mistakes and overpainting. I find it interesting that not every detail is polished.
Basically, I'm working as a painter full time. Which means I'm not waiting for an inspiration to come but I'm working through even if I don't really feel like it. I think I treat painting as a job and quite serious. But it doesn't mean that sometimes I don't give myself time to take it easy. I always have new ideas in my head and whenever I'm in my studio I start to visualize them.
I'm not working on a specific series. I consider all my works as a one big serie. I think it would be difficult to choose my favorite one. I think I'm always excited about the newest work and curious what will I paint next.
I had few very talented friends in my primary and high school that could draw from their head in a way I never could. And I always wanted to be able to do it. It was inspiring. When I was 15 I decided to become a painter. And since then step by step I'm trying to do it.
My favorite artists where in the beginning Symbolists: Khnopff and Moreau. I also remember seeing in live one painting "Sadko" from a XIX century Russian painter Ilya Repin. I was mind blowed seeing it from close how all the details were painted and how easy done it looked.
In general I've always liked figurative art. One of my favorites right now are: photos duo Synchrodogs, mixed media artist Oleg Dou, Marlene Dumas, Magritte, Kerry James Marschall.
I'm also influenced by dreams and the atmosphere around it. I love Alice in Wonderland, The Moomins, Haruki Murakami books.
I wouldn't like to think like this but I always wonder, how come there are so many female art students and at the same time mostly men are doing their career in art?
But I can also see how at, least in our Western World, there is much more focus on female artists than before. Something is certainly changing, slowly but it is.
Nature, friends, cats, traveling and painting.
Just do it!