When I paint, I am taken into a different place that is boundless, without limits and constraints. Paint, brush, canvas or wood mix to reveal what may have been overlooked and left unnoticed. I paint to leave an imprint, a record of my time here. The colours are an archive of memory to be deciphered by others. I blend the poetic word with the mute witness of paint. It records my struggle to keep death away and yet I notice how faithfully it sits next to me, as if to say, I have not seen this before. My art resides in the tension between the eternal and the temporal as I seek to understand what lies before me. My art explores the human need for security and the inevitability of an impermanence I have difficulty accepting. I seek to capture moments of time that show both frailty and vitality, joy and sorrow, decline and glory. I was born in the village of Rakitno in Bosnia-Hercegovina and have lived and studied in Vienna, Paris, Munich and Zagreb. My academic background is in philosophy having studied at Brock University, the University of Ottawa and the College Dominicain de Philosophie. Though largely self taught I studied with Croatian Academic painter Branimir Cilic. My influences include Francis Bacon, Balthus and Tom Thompson. My work is included in numerous private collections throughout Canada and Europe. I live and work in Cambridge, Canada.
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