In the studio with Liliana Gigovic

Favourite material to work with?

Art Spectrum oil paint, palette knives and wide brushes.

What themes do you pursue?

Seascape, landscape and everything associated with nature.

How many years an artist?

I always liked art I remember since primary school..I always liked to play with colour. As a child I was encouraged to paint after school as well. My cousin, who was my inspiration, always reminded me to paint and I did on and off because of work. About 4 years ago (since 2013) I took it up more seriously and I am still painting almost every day.

What should people know about your art that they can't tell from looking at it?

I like to experiment with different colour tones, from warm analogous which are my favourite, complementary colours .. I did a lot of paintings in a split complementary colour (purple and yellow) I use a palette knife for every painting, sometimes for just the finishing touches and some pieces are done only with a palette knife.

Which living or dead artist would you most like to meet?

Claude Monet and Arthur Streeton.

Tell us about your studio. Location, clean, cluttered, big, small, etc?

I work from home. I use the study room which is very small but Its got the best light in the house. Am I messy? Yes I can be .. I’ve got paint on all of my jeans and small colour spots around the house! I do not know how hm !? haha but it’s easily cleaned. I like to be organized as well.

Art school or self-taught?

Throughout the last 15 years I attended many demos by well known artists.. and some classes and workshops .. I did 4 years of David Chen’s workshops.

Do you prefer to work with music or in silence?

Oh music for sure! Some days I am pretty sure that my neighbours can hear me! I always have at least the radio on, it’s how I work best.

Favourite brush?

Wide brushes because I do a lot of sky. I can not call a palette knife a brush?? can I? Hmm nooo...

Where can we find you outside of the studio?

Having a cappuccino somewhere (I call it my break) because I love a bit of a busy environment. After working outside of home for so many years I now have to give myself a reason to leave hehe.

If you couldn't be an artist, what would you do?

It would definitely have to be something creative. Maybe a fashion designer! That was my hobby in my 20s...

Interests other than art?

I love to travel, explore, take a lot of pictures and read books.

What do you collect?

I have a lot of books, magnets from my trips, magazines, cook books and old photo albums ... also canvases and oil paint... hmm I think that I need a bigger house ;)

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?

Paint every day even if it’s for half an hour.

Are there messages within your work?

I don’t know in which genre my art will lead me, but it will always be inspired by nature.

What does your art process entail?

When I walk into my studio in the morning I have a positive and happy feeling. With a positive attitude, I always have a productive day.

What are your inspirations?

The sunset, water and everything that’s a part of nature.. Also beautiful stores as there is so much design and colour in everything around us..

Which art materials could you not live without?

Some Art Spectrum oil paint, wide brush and a palette knife.