How did you get started doing what you do?
Creativity was not far from me as a child, all the four children in the family used work with clay making animals, I was useless at drawing! Being good with my hand is in the blood, my ancestors were carving in stones, still I dreamt to be a gymnast or chocolate maker. I pursued sports until I meet an artist Károly Zöld Gyöngyi (fabulous mentor and friend). I realized it is better to create than getting up and running. I started there with a massive energy, stubbornness, I started to draw. I shed some tears.
How would you describe your creative style?
A mix between illustration and painting. Mostly ends up mixed media as I start work with ink or pencil and then I jump from drawing to oil, watercolor, marker. Oil is my favorite medium, it allows loads of mistakes and you can always correct it without making the painting looking tired.
The visual side is about freedom of the composition and finding harmony with the invasion of doted animals, hands and faces. I love humor but many times it’s the little things from the gray days that I color in with the magical kingdom of animals. My favorite parts of creating are the creative accidents, there are many of those, but just in case now you are looking to find one, I assure you I just wanted it to happen that way! I start expressionist and end up surreal.
What’s your inspiration?
The Three! Sharing life with three dogs there is no choice but to get inspired by them. Remember as a child I made clay animals, and still the animal kingdom tickles my brain, I am sure you noticed that! I need to see to get inspired but I need to work for inspiration to flow. Other people’s creation inspires me to be better in what I do- I try not to envy other people’s talent and success. I will keep looking, but I will just keep doing what I can do best. My motto is: see, inspire, create.
What is art to you?
Art is what the creator is, you want to know the artist look at the work. Art is intuition, point of view, a book of history of fashion, styles, individuals, attitude, etc.
How do you keep motivated?
I don’t concentrate on motivation- “work is hard and there is not such a thing as easy work.” Loving what I do is the best motivation and when I lose the spirit I get to work. Feedback motivates, such as sales.
How would you say your surroundings have influenced your work?
Living away from the city, hugely. I think living in a city I would not paint animals, it’s always peaceful around me, (except for dog barking and washing machine) I hear the birds, I can see the stars at night in the sky, I can stop and wonder about the beauty of the weeds. I have the time to get more fascinated by the things out there and create more.
What do you hope to accomplish with your work?
Bring smiles is the first, then inspire others. I feel accomplished in what I do when younger people get in touch, telling me how much they got inspired and are doing projects based on my work. If I tickle the imagination of the viewer that is another beauty, and finally hoping to stay unique!
How have others reacted to your work?
There is never a middle ground, people love it or are scared of it. The second I say because they don’t read the titles.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
When I first started to take drawing lessons, I struggled and I didn’t even know how to start drawing after a live model. The teacher took the charcoal out my hand sat down and rolled the charcoal between his fingers, producing the easiest portrait I’d ever seen. He said “don’t draw, play with pencil.”
What are your thoughts on art school?
Depends on the school! Personally I don’t think I would do art school again, nobody sees the school in your lines and color anymore. Be an apprentice, watch artists while they work and steal the secrets, it’s the best school!