I went to search my identity and soul in South Africa 1995 – 96.
Sitting under a flame tree I took an enormous spiritual leap: I left my career as journalist and decided to study arts. I returned to Finland and had my first exhibitions – but I was not satisfied. I needed light and colours around me.
In Nice, France I discovered the legendary artist Henry Matisse and I studied his life and works for years. I created my own art course based on Matisse’s bright, pure palette together with getting to know more about colours and the mixing techniques.