From an early age, I have enjoyed looking at life from different perspectives. I have always taken inspiration from reality to create my own dynamics. In the reality which surrounds us, there are so many visual things that people simply see. However, they do not necessarily notice everything, but just gain a general impression. I especially pay attention to the things that are often neglected or are not recognized as aesthetically pleasing and are, therefore, considered not worthy of being the center of attention. For example, I look at a collection of objects lying on top of one another, or next to each other, such as buildings and cities, the details of which are often overlooked and neglected. All these things have been created by man but have been largely ignored; they are there, but people do not see them. I find, feel and see all these things and believe that, by using the special language of my medium (painting), using symbols and a range of other techniques, I can enhance their visibility by recreating them in my own, individual way. I realized I ought to study fine art and, for four years, I was a student at Eskisehir Anatolia University, in the Faculty of FineArt, Department of Painting, in Turkey. My professional art journey started when having successfully completed the course.
I feel I am fortunate in that I have Turkish culture to draw on. This is a rich heritage of history and art (Greek, Roman, Byzantine, African, Arabic, and, of course, Ottoman). Each city in Turkey has a wealth of wonderful objects, textures, and relics. It is my pleasure to share with others the detail of my culture while, at the same time, learning about other cultures through art. Indeed, a large part of my motivation for coming to England was my desire to absorb more of the culture of western Europe by exposure to its art. During my time in England, I developed a love of English architecture and art. I am particularly impressed by gothic churches, towers, historical buildings and bridges. Also, I am fascinated by interiors that present a fusion of traditional and modern, and this has a major impact on my art.
I did live in Dubai for five years. Dubai is an artist, an architect’s and an interior designer’s dream. It also greatly inspired me. I know my artistic eyes could not stop gazing and finding creative inspiration. It is also important that an artist learns and constantly improves his or her knowledge by creating an individual style, which I believe I have. Wherever I go, whatever I do, I will always be an observer, which is a key factor in art and design.
I love all aspects of art and design – drawing; painting; interior design; fashion design. I cannot imagine living without art. I like employing techniques and forms which have not been used before, and I love the challenge of creating my own style. My aim in exploring such techniques is to present objects in a way which transcends time, and I believe only art and design could give me the artistic fulfillment that I desire.