Art is more process than just a product for me. Each painting, drawing etc. is a small step on a greater path to self-discovery as something happens in my heart...the brush... the canvas or paper...and the painter has come as one. It is a very intense and meditative process.
Biography: I was born in 1965 in a place called Saarij?rvi in the middle of Finland. Currently I live in a city called Tampere working as a freelance graphic designer and artist. I began to paint when I was about twenty after a one crucial trip to different european art museums. After that experiment my interest for painting grew. After my graduating in 1992 from the cultural studies and arts at the University of Joensuu I started to paint regularly as an artist.As an artist I consider myself as a D.I.Y artist and a self-teaching painter, because art is never ending process for me. I believe very strongly that every artist has their own individual world to show. So do I. I?m kind of outsider art maker who is never institutionalized, because I ?ll paint what I want, not that what is on the "art world" mainstream whatever. Too restless to stay cool in one place at the time. After all I?m not “cool” at all. For me to paint is like to breath; natural, effortless and free. For me all the great art today express something quite different from what words can express. When the paintig flows, the painter and the painted are the same. My paintings are total worlds of their own, nothing more or less and very true in their own universe. In that universe my mental images transforms into graphic form. My paintings are a curious mix of the eastern motifs and the modern western style. Very cultural and still very natural by nature. Creativity is a spiritual, yet not religious experience for me. It?s a little bit like meditation. It is one way to respond to the questions of life.
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