I started painting at the age of 26, almost 4 years ago, during a difficult time of my life which I shall dub thee as my “Dark Ages”. It’s not that I haven’t painted before — it was just then that I decided to make it a dream, not a hobby. Finding out that Van Gogh started his artistic career at around the same age was the trigger. I had no background in Fine Arts — I was actually a writer and musician—but I just gave myself permission to try.
Painting has been my refuge and outlet to heal. In a world where it seems like everything needs to be crafted, impressive or logical, I escaped to painting - an activity where I can just be myself and give my brain a break. Because I do it intuitively, I didn’t have any expectations on how my pieces would look like. My inspiration was what I was feeling that day, or what my intention was in that moment. Ironically enough, with whatever I state was in, I always painted something happy. I started to believe that the world asked me to give birth to more happy paintings. In the words of the artist Renoir, “Why shouldn’t art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world.”
Since then, it has become my escape to magical landscapes and faraway places. And I plan on doing it forever. Everything I am doing right now (leaving my day job to go full-time after years of prepping for it), is so I can do it as long as I can. The road less traveled is called as such for a reason, but I’m happy to pave my path -- brick by brick -- even if it rains.
So to celebrate my journey so far, I’ve decided to share with you one of my favorite paintings back in 2016…
16x20 in acrylic on canvas
And for all of you who are lost, hurting and hoping — give yourself permission to try. Give yourself a chance to choose yourself. Take a leap of faith, but do the work. We are alive to remember who we are and why we are here. You are wired for something. Find it. It's up to you if you want to see life in black and white, in technicolor, or in iMax 3D. Your perspective is a powerful weapon. While I can’t promise it will be easy, I believe that if you know where you want to go, your baby steps can take you out of this world, just as it did mine. :)