NY-ARTNEWS: How do you approach photography and painting differently?
OL: Both are like a hobby for me. When I’m not traveling with my camera, I spend my free time painting; I find it relaxing. I enjoy going to photo workshops with well-known photographers. I choose the leader and direction I want to go in...Then I go! As for painting, I visit art galleries and draw there.
NY-ARTNEWS: You have traveled the world, where is one of your favorite destinations that has the most inspired you?
OL: Hopefully I haven’t been there yet, but I look forward to visiting it soon! Some of the most exoctic and exciting places I have traveled to are Antarctica, Baikal Lake, and New Zealand.
NY-ARTNEWS: What is your process like when photographing in a new city? Do you have any rituals or does the location guide you?
OL: I always travel with a guide, either a photographer or a tour guide. They know the location well and do not waste any time showing me the best and least touristy corners. I just came back from a two week trip in Naples. I found a guide who showed me the city and all the hidden places there. I’m sure I would have missed many of them without the guide."
NY-ARTNEWS: How does your painting process differ? How long does it usually take for you to complete a painting?
OL: It can take anywhere from one day to a month, depending on the subject and material. Before I start to paint I like to have an idea of what I’m planning. But it’s often impromptu; the subject can change throughout the process. My favorite paintings to work on are abstract.
NY-ARTNEWS: What came first, your love of art or love of traveling?
OL: I enjoyed painting when I studied at school but I never continued with it. I always liked to travel but when I started to using my camera, my trips acquired a more colorful, different meaning. I resumed painting just three years ago.
NY-ARTNEWS: What connections do you see between your photography and your painting?
OL: Photography conveys the colors created by nature, especially if it is a landscape. When I paint I create my own combination of colors and lines. Sometimes my photos prompt stories and inspiration for my paintings.
NY-ARTNEWS: If you could exhibit your work anywhere, where would you choose?
OL: I would love to exhibit in more New York City galleries and other places around the U.S.
NY-ARTNEWS: What artists do you draw influence from?
OL: I like impressionists very much! And Van Gogh has always been an inspiration to me.
NY-ARTNEWS: How did you prepare for the exhibition Life Is But A Dream?
OL: The pictures were shot in Norway in 2016. They were chosen by the gallery. If someone had never been there, hopefully my photos will make them dream of visiting.
NY-ARTNEWS: What direction do you see your art going in/what are your plans for the future?
OL: Abstraction for sure! I like experimenting with color and shape. I’m also interested in doing more landscapes and portraits."