Driven by my passion for Nature and seeing its diversity, I was captivated by the immense beauty of the amazing colors of a single broad leaf tree in a pine tree forest.

I love long walks in forests and mountains, where I also collect the tree bark for my paintings. This quiet but exciting task is not as easy as it looks. There are stages of the life of the trees when their tree bark naturally peels off and falls on the ground. If I try to take a piece of bark from the tree, that can injure it very badly, if I try to take a loose piece of bark from the tree I am destroying the home of the many bugs already living there. In Nature everything is having its purpose – a dead tree is a house for hundreds of inhabitants who are of crucial importance for the life and the health of the whole forest.

Therefore, I am collecting only small pieces of fallen tree bark. Since it is hard to find, I have to take every opportunity to gather enough materials for my artworks. I pick up tree bark from forests, mountains and cities, many times it is just a matter of luck to find the right place!

My very first painting.

My fascination with art began by chance in 2010 when I first started experimenting with small pieces of fallen tree bark.

Back then, I decided to leave everything I had been doing behind and start travelling. This brought me to a beautiful pine tree forest in Sweden, where I noticed that a small piece of tree bark lying on the ground looked like a dragon. Then I started searching and found pieces resembling a reindeer, a squirrel, a dinosaur. I took the bark pieces home and glued them onto an already existing painting, like a child would do. I found it incredibly interesting, with a great potential for composing organic, nearly three-dimensional acrylic paintings.

This exploration of such an unusual painting surface gave rise to undulating landscapes, rippling seascapes, and a feast of visual journeys with outstretched trees, pulsing moonlight and rolling hills.
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