My name is Nadija Szram operating as Artlantia Galleria.
I was not always an artist and my University Masters degree is in Special Education and early childhood education. I worked as a teacher for many years and as an Operations Manager for half a decade. For another decade I managed an art gallery and worked as a project coordinator for an arts council, where I was involved with many artists, organized many shows, sold a lot of art but never created it.
Five years ago I went through a serious, almost terminal health issue that led to a shift and complete turnaround in my life journey.
On July 4, 2016 I took an online embossing workshop that led to the birth of my artistic path. From that day forward I began spontaneously painting, creating and have embraced the artistic process full time.
I am constantly experimenting with textures, techniques of luminosity, color plays and shifts of perception. My signature style is creating a piece that behaves differently in the changing lights of the day, including the evening. This mimics what happens in the natural environment and adds a dimensionality to the piece that is shifting and not static.
The natural and urban environment inspires a lot of my art especially in the use of florescent paint that pops up in pieces and yet fits in with the natural environment.
Abstract art is the vehicle that carries the message I want to convey to the viewer - that beauty and an uplifting space can combat the pain and suffering in the world if only for a short time or a moment. When lifted out of it, there is an opportunity for transformation into a higher perception, a higher dimension and a new way of thinking and seeing. There is no limitation to abstract art as to what and where it can go and the effects it can achieve on the viewer, whether the effect is “did you just throw paint on the canvas and call it art?” or “wow that piece is so beautiful I can’t stop staring at it. It’s mesmerizing”. Both opinions are valid and necessary and have achieved a result.
I have studied and am aware of the effect that color has on our bodies, on child development, sparking creativity and the effect that color can have in our everyday lives and how it can influence our mood and perception.
Colors have the ability to capture our attention with their versatility, their tones, hues, and sheen. Bold expressive colors play together on the canvas, enhancing each other, elevating the room to another level, whether it’s lifting, calming or unifying the space.
Art has an enduring quality that persists no matter what is happening in the world around it - it's steadfast in continuing to do its job.
When I paint, I strive to get my mind out of the way and let the creative flow come through the paint onto the canvas. When this happens, there is spontaneity and freshness to the piece that can't be achieved otherwise. The painting is the product of that process.