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’s 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. My style of painting can be described as contemporary realism. I paint a variety of subjects, but my favorites are people. Every person has a story and as a visual artist I love to be able to interpret those stories through my portraiture work.
I also like to experiment with other mediums such as resin. In creating my artwork, I take this medium a step further by making it into a fine art. I have used resin to create the 3D art pieces and to restore and decorate furniture.