First place in a competition held by ArtJudge.com – oil painting contest
Honorable mention at “Genbaku Dome” art contest by Japanese Post
The most www.lifeofanartist.nl beautiful recognition for me is when my customers send me pictures of my paintings hanging on their home walls along with enthusiastic thanks.
What has been the most unexpected reaction your art?
It happened recently. Someone found my website last year (2012) and was amazed by an abstract expressionist triptych of 3 horses that I painted many years ago. She sent me a very surprising email according to which I’m quite a genius, at least at that moment of creation. I was very surprised by such a flattering feedback moreover finding her graduated from art academy. After this all, I had a commission. Even though I had stopped painting abstract long ago, I accepted her commission and I started painting it. She wanted me to paint for her something of same subject, same manner. I’ve told her it won’t be a copy. Something looking like it at most.
I was very excited as I had rediscovered the joy of abstract painting. So excited than I didn’t see my work in an objective manner… she told me to “go wild” onto the canvas… and so, thinking that the painting was finished, I sent her pictures of it. It wasn’t the most pleasant reaction. It seemed it would be better if I had been done a copy… which I can’t.
Well, I continued the work at the painting until it got a closer look to the old painting and I found it even better than the first one. Even so, the enthusiasm of my commissioner was lost for good. I found it so unexpected because of the huge difference between her first reaction and the last one. Now, you can see that commissioned painting here for sale:
Do you have any regrets in your life as an artist?
I may have… Not so sure… Because I don’t know if my life would be the same now… and my life it is. So, if it be to call this a regret, this is the fact that I didn’t go to art academy. When I finished up high school, I thought about what I wanted from my life and I decided I want to get rich. Soooo, I went to the Law school, where else to go in order to get rich without a dead rich relative. I was a good law student until the true calling emerged and made law study impossible for me. Hardly, I finished that school but I never practiced.