Honestly, I'm never involved in drawing or painting competitions. I just do not care for reviews like likes, good or bad, beautiful or not beautiful. In my opinion it’s not relevant to art and creativity.
Therefore I was a bit surprised by myself when I was signing up to participate in "2017 Painting". But I also knew instantly what painting I wanted to register. It would be “UP”, a piece I made last August which always makes me happy when I look at it.
The reason I'm joining is simple: Not because of likes or super positive reactions, but simple to “touch” people. The message and intent that I had making this work finds its inspiration in the frank stories from people around me of what they go through, but sometimes also the disbelief and the depression in which they stay.
With "UP", I want to share my story about the power you are given as a human to decide to be happy. Not to be mislead by a wave of uncertainty and emotions, but rather making a confident and conscious decision and to take your faith into your own hands. It does not make me close my eyes for the misery around me or my own feelings I might be experiencing, but the effect of the decision is that I'm moving up and lose gravity.
And isn’t that a wonderful, happy feeling? I sincerely hope that you will make the conscious decision today to be happy!