"Great art picks up where nature ends." Marc Chagall
You can find beauty in everything if you just stop and observe for a long enough time. It is easy to get bogged down in the daily tasks and forget about what is around you. I search for beauty in animals, people and things that surround me. The way light falls on someone’s cheek or the color of dew drop on the flower petal, it all can be an inspiration and I love to share this beauty with others through realistic paintings completed in either oil or pencil and charcoal.
Born and raised in Russia; I learned to appreciate art from an early age. My grandmother especially helped foster a love and appreciation of fine arts. As a child, I enjoyed looking through the reproductions of many Russian and European painters that she kept in her home. From my earliest memories I always loved painting and drawing.
While art was always a part of my life, I didn’t get into painting until recently. I have a bachelor degree in engineering from Russia and MS in accounting from the College of Charleston. While staying at home with my children, I picked up a brush and started playing around with acrylic. After a while my family began to encourage me to take painting more seriously. I tried different mediums and ended up loving oil which is now my primary medium. I believe that you can find beauty in everything and it is my goal to discover this beauty and share it with others. I paint a variety of subjects, but my favorites are people and animals. I also like to experiment with other mediums such as resin. I have used it in several art pieces and to restore and decorate furniture.