My thoughts of painting
In Free Art School I familiarised myself profoundly with chromatics and
got tools for painting. Anyway, only after I began to work
independently the potential of painting opened out to me in full
scale. Although the teaching in school concentrated on colours
and on abstract expression I always needed a form as a baseline.
Fortunately, my teachers understood me and they let me to develop the
expression of my own in peace.
After graduation from Free Art School I moved back to Jšrviseutu in
Southern Ostrobothnia. I had been absent for ten years and a lot
had changed and I looked my home district with a strangerís eye. The
derelict, phased out barns raised my attention. The grey barns
standing on the green fodder field seemed to be red whereas barns on
the yellow rape field turned into purple. I had found
unintentionally the subject for myself from barns and my first barn
paintings were based on pure real observations.
My paintings have changed during the years. I have painted log barns,
board barns, barns with two doorways with a scene of a restricted
landscape, run-down barns, barns with wooden shingle roof or tin roofs
or no roofs at all. I have been interested in the lights and shadows of
the barn interior or in the weathered shaggy boards of exterior walls.
I have a strong local bond and for me art is created by the environment
where I live. Many of the barns I have painted were destroyed
already long ago. In my paintings they got another life. To some extent
my paintings are also documentaries of something that once existed.
Someone once said that Iím recording local culture history from
the buildings which were never considered very interesting but which
are part of the history of hay-making.
For me painting represents thinking and existence. When painting
Iím strongly present and my work proceeds on the terms of the
painting. Beforehand I choose only the form and the colour.
It means that Iím giving myself a coloured task and by solving it I
rely on the process. Iím making choices and conscious solutions
trusting also on intuition.
I paint because it is challenging, slow and as an instrument difficult
to take over. I paint because I enjoy it. For me painting isnít
any pain or agony, it is an addictive pleasure. The more I paint the
more my understanding grows what I could do and how I could do
it. I have not enough time to paint all I want during one
lifetime, but Iím glad that I have the opportunity to express myself
via painting. I never had to think what to do next. For me
painting is a continuum, in other words a new ready painting is always
a key to a new and forth-coming one.