Of all the fields of art, painting is the most important to me. As far as I can remember art has been a part of my life.
As a child I remember well the visits to the Art Museum of Turku and the Wäinö Aaltonen museum and the great impact which the art of the Chicago Art Institute made to the nineteen year old: during my two weeks stay I visited the museum every day in order to look at paintings for example of Pierre August Renoir and Georgia O´ Keefe again and again. The first solo exhibition took place in Naantali, Finland in 1989 where I had landscape paintings from Norway. The feedback was encouraging.
The studying of oil painting at the Pythagorean Academy of Arts on the island of Samos in Greece in summer 1991 and graduating from the Turku Art Institute made me a painter. Besides that I wanted to share my love for art and painting so I decided to get the Qualified Art teacher status. I also did my dissertation research Becoming an Abstract Artist – A Micro-historical Biographical Study of Liisa Rautiainen in 2012. I have studied silversmithing and weaving before these studies.
At this moment I am still fascinated by painting of landscapes with its different colors and shapes . When I lived near Arctic Circle I was facinated by the colors of the differents seasons – from blue colors of January to the brightness of February and lightness of summers. Living in Oulu, near the sea has turned my intrest to the sea with its changing colors. Drawings which are based on careful observation are important to me, but also free abstract paintings are near my heart. I am constantly looking for new ways to express myself in painting.