Born and raised in Estonia’s capital city, Tallinn, Roman began painting at the encouragement of his father, also an artist. His work is
characterized by vivid colors, energetic movement, and natural subjects. He prefers to paint on location, ‘en plein air’, to best capture
the soul of his subject, a technique popular with the traditional Impressionist painters such as Renoir and Van Gogh.
- When did you first start making art?
I have started to art since I turned 14, I helped my father to paint Tallinn scenery to sell for tourists. At this time I have made first steps to paint my own work and after one year showed 2 of my paintings in a small local exhibition instead of my father who could not attend it.
- How would you describe your style?
I cannot describe my style in one word or one direction. I always had an interest in impressionism style but I love to try different styles, it can be abstract or expressionism or something new. I am always learning new techniques to create art, and exploring new styles depending on the subject For me is important to have no frames in my arts!
- How has your art evolved over the years?
Since the 18-23 years I did not paint as I was studying and working but since 2005 I started to paint again starting from Tallinn views. Being an artist is not my main work, but during last years I started to paint almost every week, trying to work on my technique, try different styles and themes. This is another world for me.
- What are the inspirations for your art? (music, nature, etc..)
The beginning of my art was inspired by Tallinn old town views and the beautiful countryside around my home. Later when my wife traveled for work, I would make paintings based on her photos and stories, paintings of memories. Now we travel together and I try to capture the soul of the cities and countries we visit.
- What are some of your favorite artists?
My favorite artist is Van Gogh, his work inspired me from the beginning and still inspires me. Others impressionists inspires as well like Monet and Renoir. They always had incredible talent to not only capture the scene visually, but also depict emotion and help the viewer feel the energy.
- What is your creative process like?
My creative process..It is difficult for me to explain. I just sit and start to paint. Sometimes, I paint the whole evening and nothing is still born as I am not satisfied with the final result. I work often on location with my subject, or from photos or memories.
- How long does it take you to complete a painting?
It depends on different things. But every time I seemed to finish my art, I want to change it on the next day. And for me it is difficult to stop with a painting, I always want to change something or add something non-stop. So, sometimes I can paint 2 pieces during one weekend, but sometimes I change one painting for weeks.
- What is a key element in creating a work?
The key element is the feeling that I want to put something from my imagination on the canvas. When I feel that I want again to “date with my colors”.
- What do you want people to take away from your work? What do you want your work to make them feel?
I would like people to find something special in my work that makes them happy or inspires them. Every painting is different, the ideas are different and are the feelings. Every art is special for a special person!