My view on art

(Me busy working on my Rise collection in 2015)

(Me busy working on my Rise collection in 2015)

('Delighted', oil on canvas, 20" x 20")

('Delighted', oil on canvas, 20" x 20")

I value art as a very unique, personal and special form of creating.

There has never been, nor ever will be, anyone like you ever again throughout the course of time on our planet. No one can ever be identical to you – not with the amalgamation of your genes, your upbringing, your environment in which you've been influenced by and your life story. No one can teach you how to be you. It's something you discover from deep within, therefore, art to me is about you discovering your 'voice' and expressing it to the world through your unique 'signature' way of doing so.

Art is a true reflection of life in many respects. It teaches me that there's more than one way to solve a problem by thinking creatively and outside the box. It makes me see things from a different perspective. Of course, art allows me to express myself – particularly my emotions – something we all don't get the chance to do so freely in society without being seen or labelled as ‘weird’. Art is a form of magic; you witness yourself turn nothing into something. With this, you reveal to yourself what you can achieve – which is a lot more than what we think we can. Our minds can be our biggest assets through the power of our imagination, yet, also our own worst enemies through too much self-doubt or cynicism.

I believe we shape our lives by our thoughts, actions and the choices we make. I also think looking for ‘meaning’ is built in our make-up, and to search for truth is our existential quest. There is interconnection with others which allows us to communicate our discoveries to one another that also makes our life meaningful. To me, art is the way such communication is possible through aesthetic projection of our internal thoughts and feelings; the way we see the world.

I adore art that awakens and transcends us; art that helps raise our level of consciousness to help us understand ourselves and treat each other better – something which is greatly neglected and badly needed. I admire art that brings people together from different cultures through the universal language, just like how Igor Babailov once rightly pointed out: “Art is an international language, understood by all”.

The language I enjoy painting is of love, peace and the celebration of life.