I’m a self taught artist, who would like to take my creativity to the next level. I consider myself a beauty lover and easteth. Since I was a child I loved to draw, paint and create mood boards. I love to spend my time in art galleries, around the globe.
The two loves of my life are ART & TRAVEL.
My professional background is Marketing in the Travel industry. I’m international and a passionate traveler.
Born in Poland, I was raised in Germany. Studied/ lived/ worked in France, Spain, Malta and in London. Spent longer periods of time in the USA, Canada, New Zealand and South East Asia. I’m fluent in 5 languages and I consider myself lucky to feel at home in many places 🙂
For the last 3 years I’ve been working as a Freelancer leading a digital nomading lifestyle, between Europe and Bali.
I love interacting with people. They inspire me. Maybe that’s why I also like to paint them. Especially ladies. There is something about female energy that attracts my attention. I have the feeling my paintings become more and more sensual and erotic. I like to express my own emotions through them.
To describe who I am, in a nutshell? I would say:
Artist & Traveler, Blogger & Marketer. A ‘bubbly’ polyglot, a foodie, a yogi.
A gypsy heart who loves discovering new things, places and cultures. A passionate photographer and storyteller, capturing artsy moments & encounters (in paintings, photography and in my articles).
Until now I didn’t have much exposure as an artist. I’ve been selling my paintings ‘on demand’ until now but I’m working on a new website project which will include an art gallery with a shop possibility. I dream about having my own vernissage one day 🙂
Hello Bea! Tell us a bit about yourself. When did you begin doing art and how did you get started as a self-taught artist? When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Bea: I was drawing since I can remember. As a kid I was copying figures from cartoons and from my childhood books. We are talking about the 80ties in Poland – there was not much choice of art supplies, so every time my dad would go to visit his grandfather in (West-)Germany, instead of wishing for a Barbie doll I asked him to bring me coloring pencils. I remember once he got me a set of fancy felt-tip pens. My eyes were shining. It was better than any chocolate!
Eventually I discovered poster paints and I realized that I can mix the colours in order to obtain the desired shades and hues. I organized ‘painting parties’ with my girlfriends and cousins.
I was a teenager when we moved to Germany. At this time, it was in fashion to collect pop art posters. I would get those with couples in love, on the beach at sunset. It was my favorite topic. I was a hopeless romantic. Of course those posters were the inspiration for my art when I was around 14-16 years old. At this time I also liked designing my ‘future house’. On paper or just made of anything I could find.
I wanted to be a Graphic Designer when I grew up. Unfortunately I was not accepted to an Art School. I studied Business & Management instead, and for a while I forgot that I’m an artist. Until later in my life….
What artists of the past or present have inspired you?
Bea: I loved Picasso. I even named my dog after him. I liked not only his artistic style but also his courage to be different. It resonated with me and my own personality. I also loved the Impressionist- and post-Impressionists movement and admired the Bohemian lifestyle of the artists in Paris during la Belle Époque. I imagined myself being part of their ‘gang’, hanging out with young Picasso, Monet, Gauguin, Matisse, Toulouse-Lautrec etc. Sitting in cafés around Montmartre, sipping absinthe and talking about art.
Around the same time, but on the other side of the world there was Frida Kahlo, who I admired for being a strong woman in the era where men ruled the world. I guess I always resonated with strong and slightly rebellious personalities (laughing).
In reflecting back to the start of your artistic endeavor, what is the most useful advice you ever received?
Bea: ‘Don’t give up on painting. You are talented, you just have to find time and paint more.’ – Julia Ovrutschski, a St.Petersburg born artist based in Frankfurt, who became my artistic mentor, said that to me in my early 30ties.
Art was always part of my life. On my countless travels and business trips art galleries were my home. But there was a time in my life where I was ‘too busy’ being an artist myself. I gave up on painting for a while. So at one point I decided to do something about it. To ‘get someone to kick my butt’ – and I found Julia!
At this time, working in Marketing and opening new markets for an international Tour Operator, I was traveling 90% of my work time. Often I stayed away for longer periods of time. I explained to Julia that a membership at her atelier is a bit difficult for me as I’m rarely in the city. Apparently she saw something in me, because after my trial lesson, she offered me a special deal: To pay her only when I come, but I had to promise to paint and to always come back.
I did and I’m hugely grateful to her for pushing me. She believed in me and motivated me to pursue my artistic journey. Julia was the first person to call me an artist. For the first time in my adult life I said to myself ‘that’s right, I don’t need a degree from an art school to be an artist. God gave me a talent and I should use it’.
You say female energy that attracts your attention. How do you capture that energy to create your artwork?
Bea: I love interacting with people. They inspire me. Maybe that’s why I also like to paint them. Yes, especially women. There is something about female energy that attracts my attention. I like to speak through my ‘ladies’. To tell stories. I’m quite mindful. Observing my own energy and the energy of the women in my life, I’m trying to capture and express our own emotions in my paintings: Passion, loneliness, confidence, confusion, sensuality, strength, vulnerability…
I like psychology and personal development. There is a little psychologist in me that loves to analyse and to regularly busy himself with an introspective. I guess it’s him who finally dictates the topics of my artworks.
Art and travel are as you say two loves of your life. Is there a connection between the two?
Bea: Yes of course there is. As I mentioned before I love to visit art galleries and expositions as often as I can and I have been blessed with opportunities to do this around the globe. Admiring other artists’ artworks always inspires me to create more of my own. Ideas are popping up and I feel vibrant, alive and happy.
I consider myself very lucky to have lived in different countries such as Poland, Germany, France, Spain, Malta and the UK. I also spent longer periods of time in the USA, Canada, New Zealand and SouthEast Asia. I therefore had exposure to the respective art circles of those places. I especially love spending time in Bali, which became my on-and-off home. Bali is a special place that attracts many artistic souls from all over the globe. I absolutely love the creative vibe of this magical island. Being surrounded by creativity is very inspirational.
I also remember my London time. Whenever I would feel exhausted or blue I would go into the Tate Modern and straight away I would feel happy. Art is like a medicine for the soul.
Do you have a real-life situation that inspired your artwork?
Bea: Oh yes, many. Art is well connected to our own (inner) life. Through artworks we express ourselves. We give people an insight into our souls.
I would like to share one particular story: I remember very clearly how I started painting my Vagina-Ladies. I have to admit that it wasn’t entirely my own idea. I got inspired by the Netflix comedy ‘Frankie & Grace’. Similar to the character of the hippie artist Frankie, I was embarking on a female empowerment journey. One of my best friends decided on an in-vitro treatment to become a single mum, while another of my close friends was getting engaged to her lady after a decade of living together. At the very same time another girlfriend was doing both – getting married to the woman of her life and becoming a mum. And me? I was getting out of a very bumpy relationship to the man who I thought would be my one and only. I was 42 and thinking ‘who the hell needs men nowadays’ and in an act of a female self-expression I started to paint vaginas. Thanks ‘Franky’! (laughing)*
Your art is very unique. What’s the most challenging part of your artistic process? And how do you overcome it?
Bea: First of all – many thanks. I like the idea of my art being unique 🙂
I think what was most challenging for me, was finding time and space to actually paint. Living a life on the go doesn’t make it easy to create the right conditions. Often I found myself overloaded by ideas but having no momentum to execute them. Someone once told me, we just need to get bored enough to feel the creative flow. I agree to a certain point with this theory but I also think it’s simply a matter of motivating yourself to sit down and create, even if the circumstances are not perfect.
I had to learn to just do it. No matter where I was and how little time I had. No matter that sometimes I had no easel with me or that my preferred brushes were not on hand.
I think, with art it’s like with everything in life – if it’s important to you, then you make time for it. It’s about priorities. If art is your passion, you will create. Always. No excuses. You do it again and again until you FEEL you are an artist. Until you feel that you MUST paint. You BECOME ART yourself.
It’s a bit like with meditation. In the beginning you might not practice regularly, then you do it more often, until you reach the point that you need it as much as your morning shower, because without it you feel like something is missing. Like you are incomplete.
One tip for the traveling artists out there: Get yourself travel-friendly art kits. A foldable easel, small paints, small brushes. Exchange canvas for paper.
I also want to experiment more with aquarelles. They are easy to bring along.
What are some of the tools you use to create a distinct style of artwork?
Bea: Lately I started to create story-telling collages. I enjoy the cut-out method. I always loved creating mood-, dream-, or visualization boards but for a very long time I didn’t think of them as ‘art’. Then something changed.
During my last visit to NYC, a friend told me how happy he was about the upcoming Pride. His story was so vivid (he actually told me he was going to ‘jump the chandeliers’, making funny movements with his hips in the middle of Central Park) that I instantly had a mental picture and decided to paint this scenery. In the painting process, it occurred to me that I could do a photo montage with his actual face in it. My painting got a collage character, which then gave me the idea of an actual collage, made entirely of magazine-cutouts. The series of storytelling photo montages were born.
What are some of the stories behind your work?
Bea: After ‘Duni is having a Pride’, other stories and ideas for collages started popping up in my head while talking to people.
‘Sarah on the road’ features a cool young woman I met in Chiang Mai. A traveler, an adventurer, a discoverer. With a camper van and a guitar on the road. I recognized a soulmate in her and quickly bonded with that driven and slightly crazy (in a good way) girl. She reminded me of myself in a younger version. Since she was making funny faces in all the pictures I took of her, I felt the urge to capture her quirkiness in a series of my artworks.
‘Sarah and the cockroaches’ tells a funny story of her encounter with her little ‘Thai roommates’. I find this anagram quite cool because she is a life coach, who helps others to deal with their own ‘bugs’.
On my website, you can find more stories of my friends and family, hidden in my collages.
What is the most recent piece you’ve enjoyed working on the most?
Bea: Recently I created ‘Len in his natural habitat’. This collage was a 40th birthday present for a friend.
While creating this particular one I couldn’t stop laughing to myself. To an eye of a stranger the elements shown in this artwork will not make much sense but if you knew this guy, you would have a good laugh.
It’s amazing how in my limited collection of old magazines I always find the objects that I need, to tell the exact story that I want. Private jokes and funny scenes from my friend’s life included. I love the process of collage making. It’s great fun.
This one came out particularly easy and naturally. In a magical flow, the right objects were just finding its places on the cardboard.
What’s next on the horizon for you?
Bea:I know two things: I want to paint more, experiment more with textures, using new materials and techniques. Improve and grow as an artist.
But I also know, once the Pandemic is over I will start globetrotting again.
One day I hope to find my place on earth and have a proper atelier. Preferably a loft where I would live and paint at the same time. I dream of my own vernissage one day.
Art therapy is also a field that I would like to explore. If I could give back to society, helping others using my talents, I would be more than happy. I would love to work with kids and with women, maybe in one of the less fortunate corners of the world. I think that would be a great idea of an accomplished life mission.
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