Introduce yourself please…

I am Rasa , your adopted Georgie. I have married Nick and moved here to live 23 years ago from Lithuania. We have 2 grown up children and still very happy together.

Tell us how you first started out as an artist?

I’ve always painted as a child. I studied Art and Design in Lithuanian Art Academy where I had an opportunity to develop my skills in painting and drawing.

What’s your background? What did you do before you were an artist?

I have worked as an signwriter, window dresser, art technician and a support worker.

Why do you do what you do?

I love art and beauty and the challenge to create something new and exiting. Painting for me is trying to find a deeper connection with my surroundings and people. It is taking time to admire a particular location or a person.

What inspires you?

I love architecture, old and new, and human stories behind it. I am inspired by forces of nature meeting and clashing with man made objects. In my paintings you can see a lot of bridges reflecting on the water, crashing waves and the lighthouses. I deeply admire men and women who worked hard to created such amazing buildings for us to use and enjoy.

How would you describe your work?

My work is acrylic on canvas paintings, mainly cityscapes, seascapes and portraits, painted in spontaneous and vibrant way.

Can you tell us what you aim to achieve through your art?

My aim is to create a colourful, attractive, decorative  addition to homes and public places. I would like my paintings to be joyful colourful but real, like an old friends arm around your shoulders.

How do you work?

I look for ideas and inspiration; take photos and paint from them in my home studio

How have you developed you work?

I started of painting watercolours. I love sensuality and fluidity provided by water-based paints. In time I discovered that acrylic inks suited better the feel I would like to achieve and I have been painting in my current style for around 7 years.

Who or what are your biggest influences?

I love and admire a great many artists, but my absolute favourites are Francisco Goya and Henri Mattise.

What influences from The North East have inspired your work?

I love beautiful Newcastle city, the Tyne bridge, Durham, countryside and the seaside. Newcastle is such a beautiful and vibrant city an amazing place to live . it is an inspiration.

What work are you most proud of?

I love my new painting named ‘Kay’

What has been your most challenging creation?

Most challenging paintings are double portraits such as ‘Little Sisters’ ( please view on rasazilinskaiteart.blogspot.com ) because they are very complex. Not only I had to capture very gentle and delicate girls features; both sitters had to mach in scale, mood and light conditions

What’s your favourite piece of artwork?

Maybe one of my Tyne Bridges

What are your ambitions for the future?

I would love to continue painting. I am dreaming of beautiful and dramatic colour combinations, fast and expressive brush strokes falling together and creating a wonderful paintings for people to enjoy.

What is your story with North East Art Collective?

I have been exhibiting in North East Art Collective for about 6 years. I am very proud to be a part of this beautiful Gallery for all this time. Many thanks for John and Gabby for showing and selling my work alongside other exiting artists from North East.