There’s something about art and its entirety that has engulfed my being since I was a child. I have images of me at the age of two drawing doodles on the walls of my home in Berkeley, memories since then travelling here to Australia and finding inspiration within the ocean outside my window. I am now eighteen and still adore the simplicities of nature and the abundance of life that I am lucky enough to have been given, painting my thoughts and emotions on canvas like visual diary entries.
When I was around 9 I started attending my first art classes taught by a woman called Marie Louise Edgar. Here was where I was introduced to famous names of men and women who have shaped the art forms and driven popular culture from the dawns of Christianity awakening to the revolutions of sexual freedom. I attended Brighton Secondary School where I learnt of the oppressive nature of modern art and how it drove painters like Picasso to revolt and expand on surrealism, a place of ‘superior reality’, and a place I admire. In 2017 I was lucky enough to travel back to America and visit New York’s MOMA, here, was where I met the ‘starry night’ and my personal favourite ‘girl before a mirror’.
In 2016 I received a scholarship, from the organisation Youth for Understanding (YFU), to live and study art in Italy at a school named after the great Modigliani. The school I attended was in Padua, next to Venice. Coincidentally, the La Biennale di Venezia 2017 art exhibition was underway, so while I was there I was able to attend the Australian Pavilion. This opportunity was also thanks to my first job at Splashout Art Studio and Gallery in Brighton, using this great work experience to gain customer service skills and greater art knowledge.
My name represents who I am as an individual together with my Greek ancestry, something that I hold dear to my heart and forever treasure.