I was born and raised in Russia during the Soviet time. As a child I had very few toys and early on learned to play with whatever I could find. I played with sticks and leaves, building creatures and people; I learned to sew and used this skill for dressing a few dolls that I had; I painted and drew pictures on everything and with everything.
My favorite pass time was creating miniature apartments and houses in a willow bushes, it was fascinating putting together ordinary things and see them form something unexpected. To this day I love a field of Dandelions, this flower makes a wonderful doll- bud with a stalk for the head, flower for the skirt and a couple of sticks for legs. Split and put in water stalk, curled up lovely so this way my dandelion girl had a curly ponytail. These games sparked my creativity like nothing else.
At the time when I graduated high school we lived in Western Siberia, but I was born in a small town in St-Petersburg area and spent so much time with my Grandmother there, that I always felt, this is the place where I belong, thus, I said goodbye to Siberia and moved to St. Petersburg. Without any doubt this city formed me as a person. With numerous museums, theaters, and magnificent parks it stands up to it's reputation of Russian Cultural Capitol. Museums and theaters are easily accessible and were affordable and I spent a lot of time visiting them. I painted from time to time, but never considered it as anything serious, I learned a lot during those years and it helped me to become who I am today.
In 2001 life brought me to United States. Couple of years before I fell in love with an American guy, we decided to get married and that is how I ended up in Florence, Colorado. My husband's family is very artistic. Their creativity in addition to several art classes in a Community College with a very driven and talented instructor made me finally realize, who I want to be when I grow up. I wanted to be an artist.
Today, I paint a portrait of a simple life, this is my main subject matter and my inspiration. Things that move me, are coming from a place of my earlier years: Grandma's modest house with a primitive amenities, the garden and a damned potato field which I hated back then as much as I love and cherish the memory of it now.
My artwork for me, is the way to bring back the feelings and memories of my childhood and youth, when the time was slow and life simple. Somehow, even without the same life experiences, others connect to it too, maybe it's a genetic memory, or maybe it's a craving to slow down and enjoy life as is, without the additional material content and unnecessary stress of the modern life.
Painting characters without faces helps to serve this purpose of simplification, by this minimizing image to the core. Only action is important, not the emotion dictated by the facial expression. This leaves the viewer a room for imagination and somehow, magically, the loved ones or the acquaintances appear in the painted scene.
I want to share my world with everybody and one way to do it, is through my art!
Thank you for your attention and welcome!