Every time I escape my daily confines of city life, my senses become engulfed in the endless variety of shapes, colors and textures of the organic world. I process its richness and diversity in two ways: by fully immersing myself in the intensity of the experience through touch, smell and interaction, and by analyzing the interplay of light and color, identifying the patterns and repetitions.
The basis for my paintings are real landscapes that I encounter in my travels. However, I'm not interested in capturing their faithful representation, but rather the essence of what I have seen and experienced. By stripping them from any superfluous elements and distilling them into the basic building blocks of pattern, light, and rhythm, I hope to convey the two, perhaps contradictory, sensations of being enveloped in the space while simultaneously reading it as an abstract composition.
To express the richness of the natural environment, I construct my paintings in multiple layers, which are opaque or translucent, heavily textured or thinly diluted, built up with a knife or brushed or dabbed on with a piece of soaked cloth. This technique, combined with a limited color palette, allows me to focus on expressing what I find most beautiful in nature: the luminosity and shimmering of light, the complexity of textures, and the vibrancy and depth of colors.