Life Choices

From the White Coat to the Painting Brush

March 03, 2015  |  By Francesca Ferdes, Romania

Life Choices

Photo : Seaside Sunrise / Amalia Petriu

We all have doubts regarding pursuing a career and we all wonder if it's all about the financial aspects of our job or following our dreams. The woman that I've come to meet was a doctor for almost twenty years. Nothing special in this. What is intriguing is the fact that after two decades in a medical career, Amalia Petriu woke up one morning, signed her resignation and decided to follow her instincts and start painting, as she used to do in her childhood.

The woman herself insists that her decisions were made on the spur of the moment and were based on her ability to change. When asked what she finds the most remarkable about her artistic career, she answers: "The unexpected. The fact that you have to realise that inspiration comes and goes. As an artist you have ups and downs, and you have to know how to deal with this kind of matter. Not all your paintings are accepted at an exhibition, not all your paintings have the power to impress people. You need to get up, take your bristle and express your feelings and emotions in the best way possible. In the same time you need to satisfy your desire of expressing yourself."

She was born in a family of doctors. As a child she loved making drawings of her favourite places or people. But in her mid teens she decided she wanted to be a surgeon. "I was a good student. All I knew was that I wanted to earn my living. Back then painting was more like a hobby, a passion of mine. So, I was accepted at the university. Following the same steps as my parents gave me a sense of security and support." She admits that her move into painting was a drastic decision: "I could say that financially I was doing alright; I had a secure job that offered me a regular income. Despite all that, something was missing. I woke up one morning, I took my old box with bristles and started to paint. I lost myself during that process. It was like coming back home after a long journey into the unknown. Then I knew what I had to do. I couldn't do two things at the same time, so I went to the hospital where I used to work and signed my resignation.” She also told me that this change had a great impact on her life. She had some savings, which helped for a while. Then she started selling her paintings.

About the things that inspire her, she says: ‘I find people really inspiring, especially their stories. Of course, at first sight you don't know what a person has to say. But being a doctor helped me to interact with hundreds of people, I found out their stories, concerns, weak points, and fears. I also believe that human emotions can be the best represented through art. On the other hand nature is a good source of inspiration. Since I've been painting, I have had more time to travel and see other places that before I didn't even think it was possible."

Regarding all her choices, she admits: "I have no regrets. I feel truly fulfilled with my life. And I am glad that that morning I listened to my intuition and I did what was right for me." Following this path definitely helped her to rediscover herself and gave her the satisfaction of living a life as she wished.

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