I was born in Transylvania, Romania, in a stunning beautiful but cruel village all but forgotten by the world. Here the communist laws of the men where hard and life for a child was harsh and unjust; where children like me were forced to work in the fields. Life was black and white, and the human spirit was suppressed. After the collapse of communist dictatorship in 1989, with 13 other young girls, I move into a convent in Rome to study. It was here where my formal education accelerated and where I mastered Italian, but life was still hard, without joy or freedom. Once I realized this was not about education but about becoming a nun, I was released and transferred to a Franciscan school in Milan where I finished high school. Casting off the shackles of these religious orders, I moved to Bologna immersing myself in life’s new experiences. It was here I earned my teaching degree at the University of Bologna, spending 6 months as an exchange student in Spain. It was here where I learned Spanish. Finding the freedom I craved, my spirit soared; I began to enjoy the rich culture and the music of Italy.
It was in Bologna where I met and married my husband. Together we moved to Germany for about 3 years. I taught in Germany as a pre-school teacher, began to pursue my love of art, but the most memorable experience was the birth of both of our children. Our next adventure took us to Tuscany for another 3 years of teaching before moving to Orlando Florida in the USA.
Even though I speak four languages; Romanian, Italian, Spanish and English, I’m best able to express myself through my art. Art is “my safe place” where I can be vulnerable, sharing the inner depths of my feelings and emotions, the sensuality of life and love.
Life happens within me like an intense flow of energetic color. It was here in Orlando where I began to immerse myself into my painting, both for myself and to inspire and encourage others to find joy and happiness in their lives. My paintings express the exotic blend of my cultures, of my life’s experiences, and as an independent person full of color and passion, my art represents the joy of being free. Rarely do I begin a painting with the end in mind, but each piece develops and changes with the ebbs and flow of the energy I’m feeling that which inspires me in the moment. My first solo exhibition in June 2017 brought with it, a new found confidence to express myself though my paintings.
As I look back over the experience’s life has offered me. I believe my art, just like my life, is a vibrant journey of personal and artistic growth. My paintings are vibrant, optimistic and a colorful observation of a reality. I truly believe that my paintings are full of positive energy and bring happiness to people’s life.