Usually, I take a photo, and then on its basis, I paint a picture in the studio, often very much altering it during the work. In general, in cities or city life, anonymity closely intertwined with the individuality of residents has been interesting to me for a long time. I try to look at it from different points of view, such as what a house or the feeling of being at home do mean, whether the same type of high-rise buildings are beautiful or ugly, how the city affects us, and how we affect the city, etc.
And I am also inspired by many things that are not directly related to drawing. For example, music. I almost always paint music that suits the mood of the picture. Or good food, because food is something very personal, associated with memories and sensations. And yes, gastronomy is a field of art too.
How do you feel about yourself as an artist? Are you satisfied with your new career?
Interesting question. To be honest, I feel that I am doing what I was destined to do and what makes me happy. And I am very pleased that I realized this now when I still have a lot of energy and a lot of time hopefully. However, the profession of an artist is a difficult one where incomes are unstable, at the same time there are many stereotypes, a lot of competition and still tangible discrimination. This is the price that you have to pay for the opportunity to create.
What are your plans for the future? How do you see yourself in a few years?
I have so many plans, big and small ones. I want to go to Sweden and visit the museum of my beloved watercolourist Lars Lerin. I want to write a lot of minimalistic works, develop my abstract paintings, write a book and illustrate it. I want to go to study. Also, I want to sell a lot of paintings and donate money to charity, or donate paintings to the hospital. I want watercolour to become a popular material thanks to my paintings. So I have a lot of plans and at the same time don't know where exactly I will be in a few years, but I think anyway I will continue to be creative.
Thanks for coming and for the inspiring story! It was a real frank talk. I wish you all the best Marina!