Creating art: my amazing journey
My name’s Aga, and I’m a free spirit who treasures beauty in all forms. That’s what drew me to a career as a self-taught artist (it’s also why I’m a random guitar player, rock collector, and journey-into-the-unknown enthusiast, among other fun things).
I grew up in a lovely little village when children weren´t shut in, eyes glued to computer screens. Remember those days? Back then I’d spend every day, from sunrise to starlight, enjoying the world around me: playing with friends in the fresh air as we experienced, in every sense, the seasons changing around us. Discovering the world.
“Who needs TVs or fancy toys? There’s no time for that” we thought – imagination was everything to us.
We created wonders from what we discovered around us, using simple hunks of wood, flowers and stones. I loved the natural world so much, it inspired in me an exciting dream: I would become a biologist, one day, and it would be awesome.
Guess what? I did! And it was: after completing my studies, all the way up to PhD (Medical Sciences), I worked for many years as a scientist; first in cancer research and later exploring nature in search of new, better medicines. My work took me to many places, from the mundane to the unforgettably charming. For a while, I loved it.
As the years passed, though, things changed. Suddenly I was stuck in a same-old-routine corporate position. My love hadn’t faded, but I no longer felt, as I once had, inspired by the experience. And it wasn’t long before I realized I wasn’t leading the life I’d imagined, dreaming up wonders in the woods so long ago.
I longed for the happy, beautiful freedom I remembered.
So, in the summer of 2014, I changed my life to follow a new dream. I let my imagination run wild and free again, and began rediscovering my long-forgotten art skills. It was like waking up from a long sleep: the passion came flooding back as my eyes once again tuned in to the beauty of the world around me. My mind hadn’t felt so clear since those carefree days exploring – and creating – vibrant new worlds and adventures.
I was like a bird remembering it had wings: art makes me fly. Free. Happy. Inspired.
The Amazing Journey has been a bit stressful at times. We live in a material world, and money makes it go ‘round. But the thrilling excitement of creation drives me forward every day, and I feel like my childhood self would be proud.