Booth #: GN19
I grew up in the Far East of Russia and painted and drew from an early age. I was trained at the Mukhina Academy of Fine Art in St. Petersburg, Russia, and came to the United States during the time of Perestroika.
I have illustrated 45 books that were published in the United States and Russia. I have received several awards from Watercolor Societies in the midwestern U.S., and have had solo exhibits in The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis (this museum contains the largest collection of Soviet art outside of Russia) and elsewhere in the Midwest, as well as exhibits in Moscow, Russia and in Chicago, Taos, NM, and New York.
I am looking for the extraordinary quality, the "magic" to shine through the image. I start a painting with a vision to reveal that extraordinary quality, not just a visual representation of the image. I draw and perfect the composition while the painting is wet; I am looking for the moment it will start to come alive--whether it be a whisper, a breeze, a shimmering light, or movement. I love watercolor because of its own living nature. As we work together, it becomes my partner, and our hearts beat in the same rhythm.
Nature is always a source of inspiration for me; so, too, are literature, poetry and artistic personalities.