Artist’s Statement My inspiration comes from everyday life, new experiences, listening to the music or just being alone. My environment, where I live and work, stimulates and inspires me to paint mostly different types of trees. Furthermore, I feel a deep connection to them. I also find fascinating that since the beginning of time, humans have had a sense that trees are sentient beings just like us, that they can feel pain, they bleed when they are hurt. Trees even look like us; people have arms, trees have a trunk. I am inspired by their strength, deeply rooted in the Earth, their trunk and watching their cycles of growth, shedding of leaves, and re-flowering in the spring. I do not limit my artistic expression only with oil painting. In particular, I like to work with natural materials like willow brunches, bark and pine needles, transform different shapes and structures into my canvas. I believe this technique makes my work alive and interactive. In order to stimulate this ‘liveliness’ of the images, the viewer has to become active before my painting and to alter his/her position in front of the canvas. I want to create an inescapable sensory perception for the viewer, when the painting initiates a dialogic and supernatural relationship.