At VITA, the word “international” is embedded in our DNA – we are proud to have our products available in more than 40 countries, and we are even prouder to have colleagues from all over the world.
That is why we were delighted to meet, collaborate with and take an interview to Kateryna Savchenko, a watercolor artist and designer. Originally from Ukraine, now living in Norway, Kateryna painted on a Danish lamp – a VITA Silvia that will be auctioned at the end of the tour, part of the project “Artists for a good cause”.
You have started painting when you were five years old. What fascinated you about it?
I don’t really remember much from that period, but my mom saved many of my paintings and there were a lot of princesses there. As many girls, I also wanted to become a princess one day… When I look at those paintings now, I’m fascinated about how many different types of clothes and dresses I managed to come up with when I was so small. And I also believe that my passion to all shades of pink started those days.
You also have an educational background in Architecture. Are you sharing your passion for art between painting and architecture, or are you dedicating your time and creativity to only one of them?
Maybe I should give some background of how I become an architect first. I completed an art school at the age of 15 and I needed to decide on my future profession. Actually, I’ve never believed that artists make enough money for living, and architects, for sure, do. Besides, I was good at math and physics. So I entered the university; unexpectedly I had just lots of hours of academical drawing and watercolor painting. That improved my technique significantly!
As I moved to Norway 3 years ago I needed to study the Norwegian language and then my husband and I got a child. So frankly, I haven’t been in architecture for a while now. But art for me is something I can’t live without. Botanical motives in my paintings obviously hold the first place, but I also enjoy watercolor urban landscapes.
What inspires you in your paintings?
I think that my work is successful when the viewer gets a feeling of harmony, serenity and love though my paintings. And when I get the same feelings from photos, or events, or artworks – they are definitely an inspiration for me. I believe that flowers are essentially filled with love. It is such a pleasure for me to paint them!
In landscapes, I love dawns and sunsets. The colour palette is pale, often with pink and a light touch of blue.
You use watercolour as your “signature” in your artwork. Can you tell us about your painting technique?
It’s hard to describe it in a few words. Watercolour is something what people learn to do for years. But there are few pieces of advice, which I always try to keep in mind: use limited color palette – don’t go with all 30 colors in one painting; the more water – the better. And maybe it’s funny, but sometimes when I think that my painting is completely destroyed, somehow it works out in a best possible way.
What matters to you most when painting?
I heard an advice of the famous watercolour artist Joseph Zbukvic that if you can convince yourself with the painting, you’ll convince the others.
Painting is kind of meditation to me. I like to take it slow and quiet. My mood and concentration are the most important.
It’s also like a journey as you never know 100% what you’ll get in the end. You should be open-minded and ready to challenge yourself. I think the worse thing is the fear to screw up the painting.
You are now painting a bit of your creative universe on a VITA Silvia. Can you tell us the story behind the painting you are making on our lamp?
I’m painting flowers as they are my biggest passion. But also because interiors today are filled with sharp geometrical shapes and I wanted to bring in some femininity and harmony through botanical motives.
What inspired you to be VITA’s artist for a good cause in Oslo?
I was very inspired to receive such a proposal from a well-known Danish brand.
First of all because it’s rather challenging to paint on such a lamp as the Silva lamp, as it is like a 3-dimentional puzzle. I’m sure this experience will push the limits of my creativity and will bring lots of new ideas.
I know how advanced are Danish people in design and interior design especially. Here in Norway everybody love “dansk” design. So it’s an honour for me to be a part of such a great project as VITA on Tour.
And, of course, the fact that all collected money will go to charity projects – it weight a lot for me.
If you were to send a message to the people who will bid on your creation, what would it be?
I wish we all could develop more wisdom and compassion in our hearts.
If you want to know more about Kateryna, you can find her at AkvarellDesign.