Location: United Kingdom
My name is Milan, and I was born in the heart of Europe, Slovakia in 1987. I am proud to be a landscape artist based in Ipswich, Suffolk and to share my love of art with others.
My first experience as an artist was when I entered a painting competition at my primary school and without any experience, I managed to finish 3rd within the landscape painting category. I was very happy, proud and determined to further develop my artistic ability.
When it comes to art, my influence has always been my dad who was painting landscapes as a hobby for as long as I can remember. I used to watch him for hours in his small studio and pay attention when he would teach me the techniques he was using at the time. One day he painted a castle with a lake reflection surrounded by wonderful scenery, and he told me stories about that magical place. That was the exact moment that I realized I wanted to become a landscape artist and continue the artistic journey I had started at that young age in primary school.
Unfortunately, things did not go according to plan! I was unable to go to a secondary school where I could learn more about art and painting, so sadly I could not continue my development as an artist. Instead, I studied transport and became an electrical engineer. But you know what they say: 'Once an artist, always an artist'. I have never considered the change in my career path a regret, as I believe everything happens for a reason. I am also a firm believer, that certain things in life cannot be learnt at school. Just like art, some things are either in your DNA or they aren't, there is no middle-ground I am afraid!
It has taken me many years of only painting occasionally, but I finally rediscovered my relationship with art in 2018. I started self-studying the works of Michael James Smith. I consider him my mentor and it was Michael who really inspired me to not only follow my artistic journey again, but take it to a next new level.
I work primarily with alkyd oils because it’s a fast-drying oil paint which allows me to use multiple layers of glaze in a short period of time. This also enables me to finish my artwork quickly. I currently use MDF panels for my paintings which I prepare myself prior to the start of every new piece. The panel is very smooth so I can achieve the best effects with this technique.
I look forward to sharing my art with you. Passing on my knowledge and skills to others who have the same love for this phenomenal passion is something I adore. My journey with art began as a child and I will continue to develop it in future.
Alkyd oil paintings on MDF panel based on reference photo by MJS
Alkyd oil painting 30x30cm
Sunset by the Beachy head lighthouse in East Sussex , UK
Alkyd oil painting 30x30cm on MDF panel based on reference and instructions by MJS
Oil painting 40X30cm on MDF panel
“Late afternoon on river Tisa ”
Oil painting 30X30cm on MDF panel