I began studying art at the age of 11. Starting art school at a young age is bound to shape a person who will see the world in a different way. I loved doing stuff with my hands – whether working with clay in sculpture or ceramics classes, drawing on the sidewalks of the Old Town, or making pen-and-ink drawings of roots and leaves in the park. Attention to detail was considered very important.The school was housed in a huge neoclassical, post-war building inmy nativeVilnius andithad an abundance of art resources available for our use. It was as a second home to me.We spent our summers in sleepaway camps spending days practicing art outside.
In college, I studied architecture.Though it wasn’t my first choice at the time, I now appreciate the skills those studies gave me: three-dimensional composition, light, color theory, perception of objects, architectural spaces.After the college, I experimented with painting techniques and mixed media and showed my work in a few exhibitions. I’ve always been interestedin learning new media and technologies. When I moved to New York, I began working with print graphic design and photography. All my studies and practices have had a great influence on what I am today as an artist. I am grateful to have this variety of tools and techniques at my disposal and to be able to express my ideas using any media I choose for the project.
About my art:
Working from a background in painting, architecture and graphic design, I experiment with a myriad of materials, both traditional and non-traditional ones—pencils, paints, brushes and inks, digital camera, found objects, and natural light, exploring the collaborations and tensions between the natural and the artificial.
I embrace botanical materials, inviting viewers to follow nature’s patterns, forms and textures. By exposing them to light and color pigments, painting and drawing on them, arranging them on surfaces, I seek to create intimate moments, narratives, and emotions through the photography of staged scenes and compositions.
My favorite objects are often on the verge of leaving or taking another form—wilting and transforming—the signs of their coming and going made visible, both beautiful and impermanent.
I graduated from Vilnius Academy of Art in my hometown Vilnius, Lithuania. I had two personal exhibitions showing my oil and acrylic paintings and mixed media works on paper. Since moving to New York in 2000, I have studied and worked in print design and digital photography. I use my experience with all of these techniques with studio tools and digital tools melding seamlessly in my works.
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