How would you describe your creative style?
My style searches for the inherent beauty in our surroundings and plays on the tension between the temporal and the eternal. It examines the concepts of society, memory, self, evolution and the fantastic. I would like to think that my style will continue to evolve, along with my understanding of what my style is.
What’s your inspiration?
It is hard to define where my inspiration comes from other than to state that it knows where to find me when it becomes available.
What is art to you?
Art is anything that captures the imagination.
What does your typical day look like?
As a stay at home dad to a six-month-old baby, my day is a never ending series of joyful and hilarious moments, mixed with periods of sheer desperation and frustration. It is a steep learning curve but one I actively and positively participate in. My ideas come to me during the day and I spend my evenings bringing them to fruition or editing them. Sarajevo is an interesting city for a number of reasons and I enjoy wandering its streets, often finding inspiration in its old worldly charm.
How long does it typically take for you to finish a piece?
This is between a couple of hours and a couple of years. I like to go back to previous unfinished work and apply my current creative styling to it and to see if I can breath new life into it.
How do you keep motivated?
Without sounding trite, I make my art because it makes me happy. On a more cerebral level, my art helps me to decipher and process my experiences and thoughts, creating amalgams that give meaning to what has no meaning. My motivation is in the experience of creating art.
What do you hope to accomplish with your work?
As stated, I hope to find joy in creating my art. This is a fundamental essential that pushes me on, striving to move beyond my previous endeavors. My secondary, and somewhat more pragmatic, purpose is to provide a means of support for my family.
How have others reacted to your work?
I generally have a positive reaction to my work, although I believe some do not grasp the deeper meaning in some of my works. In general, they can be viewed as aesthetically pleasing works of art but every piece I create has hidden meaning. This tends to, although not always, lie in the interaction of title and visual, but I also enjoy hiding elements within the composition itself too.
What, if anything, would you tell your younger self?
Get out while you can. New Zealand IS at the end of the world!
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
“Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.”
Any words of wisdom to aspiring artists who want to pursue a similar career?
Talent only counts for a small percentage of achievement. Grim determination gets you where you need to go.
Have any future aspirations that you’d like to share?
Apart from art, I am an avid reader. I started writing stories a number of years ago and I am in the process of writing my first novel. I find that this also gives me a great amount of joy, and after winning my first competition I hope to share this passion of mine with others in the near future.
What art supplies do you use?
I have a weakness for handmade Italian paper to print on. There is just something about the textural quality of hand made paper and the way it enhances a print that I find appealing.
What’s your process like?
Chaotic but always entertaining.
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