The 21st century has completely changed the nature of culture and art. One expression of this is the shift to digital art. In the past the artist would “download” his idea onto paper or canvas, using paintbrush and paints - but the modern era has turned the computer screen into the canvas, and the mouse has taken over from pencil, crayon and paintbrush. The finished work is produced in the highest quality, using state-of-the-art printing technology.
I think if Leonardo da Vinci were alive today, he would have been captivated by the magic of today’s technology in art, and by the myriad of options it sets out before the artist to help him realize his talents and creativity.
A painter in oils has to be highly skilled in the techniques of his craft in order to attain the best results – and the same is true of digital art. The digital artist must acquire complete mastery of the software programs for producing digital works of art and must be able to work with care and accuracy. We use thousands of digital tools - brushes, filters and effects – in order to produce paintings of the highest quality, and we spend many hours working on each painting.
The core of the artistry involved remains unchanged, however. The quality of any work of art will always depend on the artist's inspiration, talent, imagination and technical skills.
When I have an idea that wants to be expressed, I begin by preparing a preliminary set of drawings and paintings (using digital pencils and crayons). I then combine various parts of the work I’ve done. Painting with digital brushes, I carefully build up the final picture, layer by layer, sometimes through dozens of layers to create the texture that I want, that will bring the work to life.
The final painting is saved as a digital file ready for printing. This is the sole, unique original of the work. Each painting is produced in a limited, numbered and personally signed edition, and only 150 copies of each work exist, worldwide. Each copy is stretched on a sturdy wooden frame (3 cm thick) and is coated with a special varnish to stabilize and preserve the colors.
In a limited edition of prints, the value of each copy is greater than that of a print produced in an open unlimited edition. When you see one of my paintings on canvas, you will know that there are only
a limited number of copies available for purchase, making sure that the value of each copy is preserved.