Art classes where my favorite subject at school among the gym. When I was on fourth grade I wan the drawing competition of local bank, Osuuspankki. The subject was music and I made a colorful singing parrot. It was made by wax crayon and still I think that it was actually more close of painting than drawing. I think that I have always had a feeling that drawing is not my thing. But painting might be... if I get a change to do it.
I remember my interrail 1997 and my visit first time to art museum. I visited in Art museum in Skagen Denmark and I remember how amazed I was from P.S. Koyer´s painting Summer evening on Skagen´s southern beach. I went there sitting on the bench again and again to watch it. I bought two copies of it and carried those in my full backpack. One was for me and one for my sister. The other is still hanging on the wall of my childhood home. After that I have visited at many art museums during my journeys abroad inspired by masters and masterpieces.
From finnish painters my first great impression is made by Reidar Särestöniemi. I visited in Särestöniemi in late 90´s. I was amazed by the strong vital colors and strong and rough hand print. His works still inspire me a lot.
Claude Monet has been one of my favorite artist ever since I was young. On my first journey to Paris I didn´t go to see Mona Lisa to Louvre. I wanted to see The Monet´s Water Lilies in Musée d Orsay. Later when I visited at Claude Monets gardens in Giverny at 2011 with my sister I experienced same time my first miscarriage. The day was one of the most painful day what I have had and same time it caught me to fully live it and it was full of beauty. I learned how strong force the beauty is. It´s a power of life.
I used to work as physiotherapist and working life consultant in Anttolanhovi. Our director Juhani Palonen was very interested of art and he created HoviArt exhibitions to Anttolanhovi manor. During those HoviArt days I learned to understand more the language of art. In Anttolanhovi had too rehabilitation courses for the artists and there I did meet many artists and creative workers. I did get to of know their lives and work too. I always felt inspired to work with them.
Some year I went to oil painting class in Community College but I didn´t really like that I needed to paint from some one determine the subjects and too much the style. Later I watched how Kaija Juurikkala painted and I was so impressed about her free and fast intuitive way to paint. I was so inspired that I went and bought acrylic colors and I wished to get easel for Christmas present and I did. Later I went to vedic art class but I felt that it´s very close but not my cup of tea either. I took one online art course from Kaija Juurikkala. One main thing what I learned there was not to judge my own works.
Nowadays I get inspired specially from old and new woman artists from Finland and around the world.
I believe that my spiritual journey, my deep connection with nature, highly sensitiveness, love... the whole journey of life. They all effect to that who I am today and to way and how I paint.
What resonates to me most is painting free. While I paint it´s an intuitive process and while I paint I feel that I´m a go creator and divinely guided. Subjects, forms, colors come. While painting I´m connected to life force of my body and the process is deeply connected to my heart and soul. I trust that process and am very thankful about being an intuitive painter. That´s my way to be an artist.