scholarship holder of AMFPA since: 1998
Painting Method: Mouth painter
Dorota Szachewicz was born in 1961. She lives in Pojezierze Drawskin in Złocieniec. At the age of 6, she was diagnosed with progressive wasting of the muscles. Before she took up painting, she wrote verse, publishing three books and winning several literary awards. She has taken part in numerous exhibitions, and has been awarded two distinctions in the Ogólnopolski Konkurs Literacko-Plastyczny (the national Polish Literary and Visual Arts Competition) held in Poznań. She has been cooperating with the ‘Amun’ Publishing House since 1998. My motto in life is the words of Thomas Carlyle: "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom". I didn’t have the slightest idea about painting, I thought I was untalented. In the beginning, painting was more about therapy and about trying to find some sense in life than about creating great works. The creative act was the most important thing. And so, in 1984, I found myself in front of a blank page, with a paintbrush in my mouth. I painted a tree, my very first picture. I think I chose that subconsciously, it was something strong, which was exactly how I wanted to be. Within a few months, I’d been born again, I’d found joy and peace. My disabled body ceased to be so important. Painting helped me with that. I get the greatest pleasure from painting nature, from uncovering its colours, creating its forms. Which is why I so often go to the woods, the meadows, the lake. When I’m painting, everything improves and I also find an inner order. I’m continually learning, I paint for several hours every day, most often in oils. The meaning of my life is in painting and in giving. Because when I create, I’m giving myself. Thanks to that, my life is close to the colours of my paintings.