“Let it come from within”

I believe that within each of us there is a unique gift. Our purpose is to find it and use it to serve the world. When we find what we truly love to do and direct our energy towards it, life starts to flow.

For me, it has always been drawing and writing. It’s my way of processing the world and expressing my ideas and feelings. My creations act as visual meditations/inner reflections on the interconnectedness of all things in the universe. My fascination with metaphors and symbols often results in imagination-stirring images that dance the line between fiction and reality.

I hope that my art will bring light into your life and empower you to deepen your connection to your inner self and the world around you.

Love + gratitude,

Maria

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Q&A

What do you hope the viewer will experience with your work?

When I create, I always leave a lot of room for interpretation. I find it most fascinating to hear what other people think of my work, what they see in it, and how they connect with it. It’s exciting when someone mirrors back the idea I had in mind when creating a piece. But I find it even more interesting when people share their own perceptions. This way I learn something new about my work, something I never even thought of.

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

My inspiration comes from life itself – its magical mysteries that fill me with awe, and leave me stuck for words.

What do you like most about being a freelance creative?

Having the freedom to work from anywhere in the world at anytime.

What is the most challenging aspect of working freelance?

Being your own boss is great but it also means that you have to be super disciplined to keep it all balanced. Not many people realise that being a freelancer is not only sugar and spice and everything nice. You have a lot on your plate and there are many different roles to play. Some days all you end up doing is answering emails, packing orders and doing taxes while meeting other normal life demands. As an artist you have an everlasting need to create so sometimes it can be hard to accept the fact that there are days when drawing (creating) comes last in the list of priorities because there are more important things to focus on. But that’s okay.

How do you stay creative?

By focusing on daily, continuous improvements in the areas that matter most – my mind, my body, my heart and my soul. I think that in order to live your best, most creative life, you must take care of the fundamentals first.

How do you get out of a slump?

Different things work at different times. But the best way to get out of a slump or prevent having it in the first place is this: “Build pockets of stillness into your life. Meditate. Go for walks. Ride your bike going nowhere in particular. There is a creative purpose to daydreaming, even to boredom. The best ideas come to us when we stop actively trying to coax the muse into manifesting and let the fragments of experience float around our unconscious mind in order to click into new combinations. Without this essential stage of unconscious processing, the entire flow of the creative process is broken”. ~ Maria Popova

How do you define success?

Success is waking up every morning feeling excited, and going to bed feeling satisfied.

When do you feel most free?

I feel free when I am able to choose and express myself fully without fear of being judged.

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Curious. Persistent. Insightful.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Never betray your authenticity.

Something no one knows about you?

Not many people know that I actually have two names. My first name is Giedrė, which means bright and sunny; serene.

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