Roberta Dickute approaches the canvas intuitively, letting her senses and emotions lead her to her brushes and paints. Art enables her to explore her inner world; it is a place where she can connect with her inner creator. For Roberta, art is a mirror to the soul.
When I paint, I interact with my inner creator, it’s a way to hear myself.
Talk to us about your paintings, where do you find inspiration?
My inspiration is closely related to my subconscious. Most of my work is kind of a little out of it. I feel that the paintings are lying down inside me. When I see or feel something close, that resonates with the paintings I start to paint.
Have you always known you wanted to be an artist?
To be honest, I haven’t discovered myself until now. But the further I go, the more it becomes clear to me that I want to paint more in my life.
Walk us through your creative process … what are the different stages of your work?
I paint in quite an expressive style. The painting process itself takes up to two hours, I rarely go back to paint a second time because I’m in a different mood and with a different inner charge. The hardest part is judging my work on whether it is successful or not. If I decide it is not, then I create a new painting on that canvas. Emotion is very important to me. Sometimes the brush seems to guide the hand itself, and sometimes it takes a lot of effort to paint.
What are your favourite mediums to work with and why?
I like oil paints the most. They don’t darken after a while like acrylic, so I can be more relaxed during the process.
Where and how do you like to work? Do you have any art rituals?
I adore painting in nature, en plein airs. I dream of going to the sea to paint. It’s fun to paint in an art studio, there are more artists there, and talking to them is good. I recently started doing an internship based on Julia Cameron’s book ‘The Way of the Creator’. I write the creative pages of the morning and every week I go on a date with my inner artist. I feel like I’m reconnecting with my inner creator, I think this practice works for me.
When I hold the brush in my hand, the sense of time and space disappears
What are some of the challenges you typically face in your practice and how do you overcome these?
The hardest part is not stopping to create. That, I think, is influenced by the fact that I get too little feedback from viewers. But even with breaks, painting doesn’t pull out of my life.
How does art and creativity affect your overall well-being? And how do you feel when you create?
When I hold the brush in my hand, the sense of time and space disappears. I move into my inner world. When I paint, I interact with my inner creator, it’s a way to hear myself.
For me, art is a mirror to the artist’s soul (if the artist exposes that soul).
What are your hopes and dreams as an artist?
I dream of having my own creative studio and continuing to improve my painting.
Anything coming up that we can look out for?
There are a few ideas that I have long thought I want to paint. I hope it will happen so soon!
And lastly, what does art mean for you?
For me, art is a mirror to the artist’s soul (if the artist exposes that soul). When you look at a picture you see a reflection of the artist soul and if the observer is also open to the work, then the souls are having conversation. This is amazing to me.
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