"I always like to stretch my own canvases and then prime them and prepare them for the work. I try to build our relationship straight from the beginning. This gives me time to think about my next painting, dreaming of what it is going to look like, what colour I am going to focus on, what story it is going to tell, if any... It is like you are first trying to imagine the face of your unborn child. Then it becomes all about the character – sometimes it behaves, sometimes it is naughty and doesn’t want to listen to me at all and I try to work on it and it takes a long time until the painting becomes exactly what I am looking for. There are also times when the painting takes on a life of its own and starts to sail in its own waters and there is nothing I can do about it, but let it go. Every time the process of painting is a mystery, it is a journey. Every time there is a new discovery, a new surface to dig into, and a constant travel. Sometimes colour drives me away from a form or an object, and the paintings become more about emotions and sacred feelings which can be interpreted differently by each viewer. All of my paintings are a result of my emotional involvement and personal observations of the surrounding world, the people I’ve met, and the countries I have lived in or visited. After so many years of working as an artist I feel it is only the beginning and I am always looking forward to a new day, a new challenge, a new picture to be born."