Who is she?

I am excited to start painting Fine Art full time as arts have always been my passion. I have always felt strongly about colors and shapes. Later on I realised I have a synaesthetic mind, which means I can and I have the need to “speak in colors”. I trained as a Fine Art Painter at Garay János Arts Faculty and later at Budai Drawing School in Hungary. I am also a chemist and I enjoy creating new, innovative techniques for a unique expression of the emotions and stories I want to tell. I am at a stage of my life where I have left the role of life-giver behind and now I have become a nurturer. It is time for me to start speaking, not only to my children, but also to the world using the language of colors and shapes. I have many stories to tell having a home at the opposite ends of the Earth, geographically speaking as well as emotionally, chronologically, politically and culturally. I have been lucky enough to learn many skills over several life-stages and I am ready to put them all to use to fulfill my calling as a Fine Art Painter.

What does she do?

I offer original Fine Art Paintings. I create original paintings to inspire my audience with stories reaching across cultures filled with emotions, innovative techniques and a sustainability approach. From the materials I choose to the colors I carefully compose to the messages I have to say everything is unique and design to give my viewers an exceptional experience they deserve.

Where does she come from?

This is where I come from.

This is my little girl standing in the village I grew up in just like I stood. Uncertain, safe, surrounded by empty streets, familiar stone.

I grew up in Bátaszék, in Hungary. It was the last decade of a deprived communistic era. People were disillusioned, there was scarcity and the scatters of technology reached us in the dysfunctional, heavy, rusting iron or yellowing plastic objects of the Soviet Union. I grew up learning to play in my own fantasy. In the 1980’s, during communism, there was nothing to entertain children apart from what us and our family could make for us. I spent my time watching my grandmother cook, roaming the fields behind the village when I was old enough, reading innumerable books lying in the tall grass, many about arts and arts history. I also learned trades from people traditionally carrying them over the centuries in the village – making brooms, blue-dying textiles or, right in the yard where my daughter is standing, pottery.

I, of course, attended school. The small village abounded in well-trained and exceptionally talented teachers. My art teacher was no exception – one the most inspiring people I have ever met. Her name is Bátki Erika (in Hungary, names are on the reverse), and she spotted my passion for visual arts immediately. For eight years, I relentlessly created under her wings. With an impeccable instinct for teaching, she trained me to use my synaesthetic mind to gain inspiration for painting from songs, poems, smells, surfaces – every single experience a body can shower your mind with.

“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.”

Albert Einstein

Later, in 1989 the borders opened. Finally we could travel, and travel we did, cheap and economy class on Hungarian money, but as a young teenager, with my family, I soaked in the diverse cultures of Europe and the globe. The passion, heat and heavy arts history in Italy, the remnants of the old empire in Greece, the cool and precise works in Germany, the centre of the EU Belgium, the sophisticated France. I studied Spanish in Spain and traveled around in Canada, snorkeled in the body-warm salty waters of Key West, and skied in the snowy mountains of Slovakia, wondered onto a mine-field in the post-war Croatia and seen spaceships ready to launch in Cape Canaveral .

All these experiences soaked through my artworks as I studied at the Garay János Arts Faculty and during my university years at the Budai Arts school. I gained a Masters in Science of Pharmacology as well.

This latter diploma helped to quench my thirst for travel, cutures, knowledge and distance by allowing me to settle in New Zealand. Over a span of ten years, it supported me in founding a family of seven.

All these years, I have been painting, through loss, uncertainty, trauma, and the joys, happiness, euphoria of creating a family. I have been painting, as a one-armed painter would, in the stolen half-hours between work and motherhood.

It needed to change. So while on maternity leave for the last baby of the family. I attend Te Whananga for a Diploma in Small Business and Project Management. This teaches me to focus on full time Fine Art Painting, listening to the most important calling of my life.

What is she painting about?

To put it in one word, I paint about us.

Maybe, it’s better to start with what’s important to me. Let me think… Femininity and logic. Spirituality and competence. Joy, and social standing. Self-worth and family. I wonder about the struggles of the everydays, the stories, the friction lines of our lives.

I paint about our souls. Thinking, we have to choose and thinking there is a choice. Being torn apart. Overwhelmed. Uncertain how we should feel.

Are these paintings for you though?

Tell me, is there a woman who is important to you? Do you wonder what the other understands about you? Do you think hard about what you feel deeply?

How does she work?

Each painting you see on this homepage is created over 8 to 12 weeks. During this time I think, feel and dream about the painting so it becomes a carefully created space within a frame to represent a secret world.

There are steps during creating these artworks that account for the exceptional length of the process. There are carefully constructed chemical reactions that give your painting the dimension of time slowly changing the appearance. These take precisely calculated lengths of time to develop, then at the right moment they have to be cooled and slowed down to give life to your painting over the coming decades.

There are also strictly selected sustainable and natural paints and materials to assure an eco-friendly artwork. These take a long time to dry, and allow me absolute control over how the end image turns out of my hands.

Because of all this, the paintings exist within the framework of the works in the same series. They have multiple complex connections and associations. They share never-to-be-repeated colors, bursts of emotions of various impacts and dream visions of the same night reflecting differently in each.

Her mission

My mission is to acquire a wide audience who knows me to be able to change their world through my paintings. This I strive to achieve by creating a unique, meaningful and inspiring piece each time, make it accessible to my viewers and make a difference in each persons` life.

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