The Harmonising Power of Painting - Tatjana Cechun Discusses Her Recent Artwork

Tatjana Cechun is a skilled painter who creates unique pieces, inspired by and reworking components of modern realism. 

In this piece, Tatjana explains how and why she believes painting - and creativity in general - offers a wealth of healing and restorative benefits. 

Sunflowers ©CopyrightTatjana Cechun
Read on to see Tatjana's bio and learn more about her journey as an artist, and how it led her to create the stunning artworks she will be exhibiting soon. 

"Painting is my life," says Tatjana.

"I was born into a family of artists so painting is my personal way of understanding myself and communicating my thoughts to others.

For me, painting is a powerful method to gain mental harmony: it absorbs anxiety and insecurity, gives a feeling of joy and inspiration, makes me think and learn, and allows me to develop my creative abilities and self-assert.

I am absolutely sure that if I pour out my thoughts and feelings on a canvas or a paper, there will be a certain psychological reset that will not only help ill people get rid of their problems but will also enable healthy people to become harmoniously developed.   

It seems to me that all people are artists.

 Forget-Me-Nots ©Copyright Tatjana Cechun
Whether we paint pictures or just like to look at them, choose colours in our clothes or decorate our homes, we all change this world as we add our colours to it. So the whole world is a huge painting canvas on which we all paint a picture of our lives together.   

I am very happy when my work evokes emotion in people and allows them to see the world through my eyes. I hope that my art makes people happier.

In these works, I want to show how eternity and a moment, the constant and the passing, the living and the dead, the heavy and the airy, the cold and the warm can coexist simultaneously." 

Tatjana's Artist Bio

"I was born 51 years ago, in the capital of a small Baltic country, into a family of artists. 

I've been drawing since I was a child, as long as I can remember. I was friends with a neighbour boy whose parents were also artists. So, he and I grew up in a creative environment. Perhaps such an environment (poets, artists, musicians, artists) influenced my development.

I drew always and everywhere, and often automatically (unconsciously). My mother paid a lot of attention to the development of my fine motor skills: she taught me to sew and knit and she sent me to a music school. Dad was responsible for my physical development, so I studied at a sports school and was a player on the volleyball team.

At the age of 17, after graduating from high school, I (like many young people) was a terrible maximalist. It seemed to me that I already know everything and know how to do everything. My parents wanted me to continue my studies at the Art Academy. But I wasn't interested in painting (I draw all the time anyway). I wanted to travel and be a journalist. Grandiose ideas were spinning in my childish head about how I would travel around the world, interview almost lions and tigers…

I graduated from the university with a degree in philology and journalism, and then it turned out that the editorial offices do not distribute any trips to interesting places, but instead they offered to start a daily column "Lithuanian Sport". 

It was the collapse of my childhood hopes. I quit journalism and returned to painting.

Tatjana creating ©Copyright Tatjana Cechun

My best friend (the boy next door) was also childishly ambitious. He wanted to become an architect - and no less than Corbusier! But after receiving his diploma, he realized that there was little creativity and a lot of mathematics in his profession. Disappointed, he also returned to painting.

We got married in 1992 and have been working together in the same workshop for 30 years. We have a daughter, now 27 years old, who is more talented than both of us. But she is not interested in painting. She became a successful surgeon.

A few years ago, I planned an individual exhibition in which I wanted to present a series of works united by one idea, one format, and one price. Due to the pandemic, the exhibition was cancelled. But I haven't given up on the idea of creating this series, so I'm working on it. 

Cosmei Silver ©Copyright Tatjana Cechun
I wanted to try to combine the painting direction of the "little    Dutch" with modern realism. Combine "eternity and a moment"   on one canvas: antique and expensive utensils, next to fresh   flowers and fruits. I'm trying to show that in this world, in a   certain period of time, there can be something that will stay with   us forever and something that will disappear without a trace."

 You can contact Tatjana to buy artwork here... 

 Tatjana Cechun 


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