What would be the perfect day for you?

By nature, I am a happy person but a perfect day for me would be Christmas Day, with my family all around me, healthy and happy.

Describe your personal design style.

When it comes to dressing up, my personal design style has always been very slim, elegant and one colour, definitely with a touch of white.

What’s your biggest strength?

I have two. My biggest strengths are perseverance and patience.

What’s the biggest learning experience you’ve had?

My entire life has been a journey of discovery and work, even today it carries me to all parts of the world. The world has so much to offer. It’s a jewel box of wonderful experiences.

What inspires your work?

Trees, flowers, birds and butterflies… There are so many. Especially flowers, they aremy gentle friends.

What has given you the most fulfillment?

Going after what I love doing which is painting, even after years and years. As I paint my flowers, I feel the perfumed nights of the tropics flow through my brush.

What’s one thing people don’t know about you?

Constant daily work. Simple every day work is the song of my life.

The inspiring 85-year-old Croatian artist shares about her lifelong love of flowers, her daily painting work, and her views on taking up a new career late in life.

What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve done in your life?

I would say that would be me marrying a New Zealander and going off to live and work in New Zealand.

What advice would you give to those who want to change their life direction at a late age?

Do it, it is never too late. Just like Art is a universal language – it may start with a

blank canvas but never with a blank mind.

Ana Tzarev will be in Singapore in November to launch her solo exhibition, titled Love and Peace.