Autumn Landscape, Teodora Totorean, 12 years old
The mysterious garden, Teodora Totorean 33 years old
‘At 12 when I painted this landscape, I didn’t know that one day I would be an artist. I wasn’t even aware that there was such a profession. I knew there were people who created art and exhibited their work in galleries, but I never wondered how this actually happened and what they did for a living.I painted regularly from 5 to 13 years old. Scenes from everyday life, flowers, fairies with long hair and big eyes, the spirits of the trees, everything that inspired me and had meaning to me at that age.
And then I grew up.
There are many established artists who encourage newcomers to go back to the stage when they were children, when they drew and painted intuitively. Twenty years later, I decided to take the advice and attempted to break into the arts world. Since January 2011, after years of wanting to take the brush but finding excuses not to, I started to paint again. Flowers, nature, and emotions – I just felt the need to relieve the creativity within that stayed dormant for too long. Now, I paint nearly every day with a rediscovered joy and happiness. Every now and then I watch the old painting and I’m thinking “Why did I ever stop?” and I promise myself that this won’t happen again.’