MY ARTISTIC JOURNEY
About four years ago I received a very sweet message from a person who I met for the first time during my exhibition in 2008. This is what she wrote:
I just wanted to tell you that your gift is incredible and I adore your intuitive art! Your art pieces have truly been an inspiration to my writing ever since I visited your exhibition in October 2008. ‘Bonded Souls’ in particular has been very close to my heart and I have printed it and keep it with me always to encourage me to keep writing. Don’t stop painting! Your work is a blessing for others.
P.S. I wish you had an exhibition in Australia
I had lots of positive feedback from people who saw my art or bought my art prior to this message. However this message was somehow special to me. First of all I received it out of the blue, completely unexpected. It’s flattering and encouraging at the same time but most importantly it reinforced me to start thinking more in depth about the purpose of my art.
My paintings always had a spiritual content and feeling. The colours resonated with our chakras/energy centres and my airbrush technique skills always helped my paintings to look very soft and dreamy but I wasn’t sure what the purpose of my art was. I realised that purpose only few years back. I saw that my art can make a difference and I wanted my art to continue doing so. The purpose of my art was to inspire, uplift and elevate. Once I realised that and focused on creating art that achieved this, I somehow changed and started to call myself an artist.
How did I get up to this point?
I believe that everything that happens to us, our experiences, our family, friends, teachers, meeting strangers, our decisions, education, environment, culture, our ups and downs etc., shapes us. It all shaped me as a person and it also shapes my art.
When I was small my dad was seriously ill and I did lots of caring jobs and had lots of responsibility from very small age. I also remember feeling very lonely quite a lot of times and drawings and constant art creations were my company. When it was time to make a career choice in secondary school my art teacher encouraged me to enrol to Ceramic Art College. I had fabulous four years learning about art history, drawing, painting, art design etc. When it all ended I didn’t paint or draw for a while. It was at the same time when my mum had a stroke and became completely paralysed and I started looking after her.
Later on I moved from Czech Republic to London. Then everything started to change. New doors were opening to me and I grabbed every opportunity to learn new things. I started painting and drawing again. I also started to learn more about myself. Reiki healing, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and counselling became my new hobbies. Learning new skills had a transformational effect in my personal journey as well as my artistic journey. I explored many new and different styles, techniques and media. Then I came across airbrushing. That was a revolutional medium for me. I absolutely fell in love with it and I still am until now.
With years gone by I started my own family. It’s four of us now. When my first daughter was one and half years old we knew that she is behaving very differently to other children. Later on she got a diagnosis of autism. It was a challenging time and painting and yoga practice was my special time that I desperately needed. Since then my painting style started to change. I subconsciously needed more light and started to bring lots of light into to my paintings. Somehow my art become a generator of light, peacefulness and calmness for me. Then I realised that my art also influenced other people. That had transformational effect on me. I started having an artistic voice.
Today I still have the same focus. I want people when they buy my art to feel uplifted, to feel positive vibes, be inspired but also to dream and explore their inner landscape.