When I was a child I loved painting and drawing, and just like most kids I enjoyed a great freedom in my creative expression in all kinds of ways. I was never bothered about things needing to look a certain way or that certain things where right and others were not. There was just joy and playfulness and there was no stopping me exploring and discovering things about myself and about life as I lost track of time creating art.
Unfortunately, this freedom gradually faded. I have a clear memory of being maybe 10 years old painting wooden jewellery at the after-school centre, and when adding all kinds of colours to my leaf I was told that blue was not a realistic colour on an autumn leaf. Bit by bit, I learned to only appreciate things that looked a certain way and that were “right” and “realistic”, and quite naturally I started to have the expectations of my own creativity that only depicting what was around me to an exacting standard was good enough. I was never naturally very good at translating what I saw around me onto paper, as some are, and so, as you can imagine a lot of my joy for painting went out of the window.
My passion for creative expression would not die so easily, though, and I went on to study art at many levels and in many schools. I was looking for the keys to that which would bring back that joy and playfulness to making art. I would find it occasionally here and there, but never in a way that would help me understand how it came to be there in the first place and how I could have constant access to this place.
The pressure of achievement that I so skillfully put on myself through my belief in needing to DO in order to we worthy of anything in life brought me further and further away from the simple joy of BEING. Stress, tension and anxiety overpowered me to the extent that I one day I woke up and found myself on sick leave from my studies for burnout and depression. It took me over 2 years to get well and in this time it was necessary to ask all the existential questions about what life was all about.
In this space of being very lost as a person, I was given the gift of the Vedic Art painting method from a wise woman. The moment I started my first of the 17 Principles of art and life, I knew that this was what I had been looking for, this was the path back to my creative joy, my playfulness and exploration far beyond intellectual concepts and notions of right and wrong.
I have now been painting, teaching and living with Vedic Art since 2006 and thanks to this fantastic approach to painting, I have developed my own artistic style that allows me to inspire people and exhibit my work in many different countries. I have arrived at a visual language that could never have been reached had I tried to think my way in to it. It is the result of hard work, joy, relentless exploration, play, endless mistakes and accidents, stubborn persistence (bordering on obsession), vulnerability and a huge helping of curiosity and courage to meeting what happens right there on the canvas, without preconceived ideas, as openly as I can.
I guess you could say that Vedic Art is the key to “rediscovering” the creativity that I always knew was there, but I did not know how I would reach it being an adult. It is the base through which I had the courage to find my own expression, and as a teacher, it is a gift to be able to give Vedic Art to all those who still feel creatively oppressed, and are longing for freedom in their creativity.
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Born in Sweden by Polish decent, Ania was brought up in an environment of artists in Stockholm, Sweden. Following an established career as a graphic design professional, she made a commitment to deepen her creative skills, which led to a course of study of art and performance over many years in England. Ania’s artistic practice as expressed through painting has been my main focus since 2006. She also work as a lecturer and workshop leader in the painting method Vedic Art.
Owner of Ania Witwizka Fine Art Sweden and England (ongoing)
Primary services: paintings, commissioned work and art courses.
Also offer services in illustration and Art Direction.
As well as private clients, company clients include:
– Studio Aroma SPA, Gothenburg
– Narkoskliniken (dentist) Stockholm
– Swedish Forestery Federation Stockholm
– Swedish wood building council in Stockholm
– Di Palomo Cosmetics, Torquay, UK,
– Align Chiropractic, Newton Abbot, UK
Engström m.fl. – advertising agency and producer of business events Stockholm, Sweden – Art Director and Graphic Designer,
Vedic Art Centre Öland, Sweden – Workshop leader at yearly summer camp
University College Falmouth, Falmouth, Cornwall, UK – Guest lecturer
The Moveable Feast Workshop Company, Devon, England, – Guest Workshop Leader
A-levels school: Sundstagymansiet, Karlstad, Sweden – Guest Workshop Leader
– Artist’s residency at ComPeung, Chiang Mai, Thailand
– Project manager for a performance-festival, Hedemora, Sweden
– Friskus, Dalarna Sweden, Rehab-program – Guest Workshop Leader
– Balanced View Centre, international peace organisation with centres in Sweden, India and England – project manager and hostess