~ The friend of horses ~

▪ Interview: The friend of horses (Valentina Milenković, Newspaper "Vranjske")
To introduce all this it is necessary to have complete study of horse anatomy and also horses recognition through history and mythology. Horses are frequent motive in the paintings of worldwide known artists. Let us just recall the works of Leonardo Da Vinci drawings, Pier Francesco, Albrecht Durer, Diego Velazquez, Peter Paul Rubens, Jan van Eyck, George Stubbs, Odilon Redon, but also the paintings of other symbolical meanings like the horses of Pablo Picasso, Lubarda, Miodrag Jelić, Mersad Berber... Suzana Stojanović also could not resist them. For "Vranjske" newspaper she speaks about her life and creating, lights and signs that destiny sends to us. She speaks of love - the greatest value of human life.
LIFE CELEBRATION

The impression is that you are a woman of unusual artistic adventure?

- Life is an adventure, but art is not. Every new day is full of surprises, unexpected events, new meetings, experiences. The works of art are the products of our life adventures and dreams. Art is something that I take seriously and without art this world would be poor.

Horses are completely unique, painted with lot, not only skillfulness, but also spiritual creativity. How do you cherish your inner world?

- I cherish my inner world and make it richer with creation. Everything that I carry deep in myself I try to transfer symbolically through my paintings to the observers, so that they could experience my personality in eye sparkle in the portraits of horses, in their moves. I have dedicated to each of my paintings one of my short stories, one of my unforgettable moments of my mood and life, my desires and dreams. One life is short for creating everything I want, for fulfilling myself in the measure I want. I live for art and I feel happy for every single move of my brush, every living eye I create. I rejoice to each my signature, because I know that I have gifted one more ode to this magnificent animal that has been following us from the very beginning, and we have been giving so little to them.

What is the difference between the horses from the very beginning of yours artistic work and these that appear nowadays?

- I still cannot tell you now why I have started to paint horses. When I was little I loved to decorate the walls with their beauty and their greatness. I loved to paint white horses, fairy tales horses, free ones. They have always associated me to long trips, to princes, princesses, to something that connects centuries and civilizations. After a long break I returned to them in some other way. The thing that I see today is something that I could not see before or I was not ready enough to let myself go into these great temptations. I feel that through this horse motive I can express everything that I want: to paint beauty of these magnificent and romantic Arabian horses, to write about their eye looks deep into the distant places, to compose silent melodies about the mute whisper of their thick manes. Of course, in order to introduce all these, it is necessary to study horse anatomy and to have knowledge of horse's roles through history and mythology.

Do they appear after the photos that you take or in some other way?

- I meet this kind of questions almost every day. There are many curious painters and art lovers worldwide and they all want to know something more about my paintings. There is no great philosophy, paintings appear from talent, great work and love towards the creation. At the moment I am working on a book where the procedure of horse paintings and drawings will be in details explained.

You do not classify yourself into any artistic movement. Does that mean that art is something that you adjust to yourself?

- Art is freedom. In this moment I am in the phase of realism, hyperrealism or popular photorealism, but it does not mean that I will keep up to it. I like to experiment and never limit myself in the creation. Horse as a motive is limitless inspiration that can be shown in many ways. I paint in the way I feel, totally spontaneously. My every painting is a story for itself, one part of my life, an event and mood.

Is there anything that motivates you from the outer world?

- Everything depends on the way you regard the outer world and on the wish what do you want to see and you don't want to see. I search for something nice and good in everything that surrounds me. I am happy for every new day, for the fact that I exist, I am happy for every smile that I see in someone's face, for every warm word. Love moves me, faith that there is something supreme and untouchable in this world.

SUGAR LUMP

Why do you say that one needs courage for a good painting?

- The hardest part is to make the first step, when in front of you is just clean canvas and in yourself only a huge wish to create something out from nothing. The process of creation is very long - from irrational (when only emotions carry you and when you are watching in front of you something that you have created). Good painting shines, haunts, calls us to watch her again and study it as for the first time. Painting has that much strength as much an artist gifts it with his or her own love, energy and fortitude towards the creation.

Dragan Malešević Tapi wrote in his Book of impressions during one of your exhibitions: "Glory to you, you are a great artist!" In what way these compliments motivate?

- Every compliment is a motivation if it is an honest one, especially if it comes from the people that mean a lot to me, no matter if they are "great" or not. I am happy for compliments that come from all the parts of the world, also from those "great" people. However, I am also happy for the compliments given by my friends, parents, who give me enormous support in everything I do and create.

How do you, in fact, experience horses?

- I have been cooperating for a very long time with horse's fans and lovers, but also with horse farms worldwide. Recently, I have received a very interesting letter from one lady from the United States that forced me into deep thinking. She has experienced my paintings in one very romantic and special way; she wrote that I was a whisperer who goes deeply into the horse soul till the end, but immediately after this she presumed that I lived and represented the horses in this way because I did not own them and since I was not in the contact with them. Now I know that I will spend long time with them in my imagination and in the moment I miss them terribly, I will go to the nearest horse club to bring them a sugar lump.