I moved to Squamish, Canada, B.C. from Moscow, Russia in November 2014.
I have always been enchanted by masterpieces of great painters: Caravaggio and his dramatic use of lighting, mood landscapes by Isaak Levitan and Arkhip Kuindzhi, amazing Bernini's sculptural narrative.
It wasn't until I took part in an Intuitive Painting workshop in 2011 that I started to envision myself as a painter. Since then easel, oil and canvases have become an important part of my life.
Inspired by beautiful Russian sceneries I started painting the landscapes that surrounded my family's countryhouse in the suburb of Moscow, focusing primarily on the beauty of seasonal change. The landscapes I encountered during my adventures abroad, in Europe and Asia, inspired many of my paintings. I have always been fascinated by the beauty of the sea, sunsets and sails that bring feelings of peace and tranquility.
Recently I started taking Charles Bargue drawing classes that takes me back to the very basics of Academic drawing. I'm learning about light and dark families, range of values, training my eye to see subtle differences in shapes and forms. New knowledge I've obtained has resulted in new graphite and charcoal works of majestic sail boats and fresh rendering of classical sculptures.
Upon joining Squamish Arts Council Board as a Vice Chair in 2018 the possibilities for community involvement, events and shows representing visual artists seem to be endless.