I was really sad when I heard about the war in the Ukraine. The only thing that could cheer me up a bit was listening to the songs of Udo about peace and imagining a world where two men who could be friends do not shoot each other, but actually become friends.
Art can change the world, give hope and show directions into a brighter future. I am really grateful for Udo that he stood by me in those dark times and that is why I decided to paint him. The tree growing on his shoulders represent the beautiful future that he is creating with his songs.
When I look at this painting I feel strength, hope, and confidence that we all together move to peace, compassion and happiness.