Artist Statement

I am a Fine Artist educated in Russia and in Britain. My main themes are landscapes and townscapes. I greatly enjoy working outdoors as it gives me an opportunity to develop suitable compositions and experiment with light conditions.

In my work I am always searching for beauty. Whether I am painting an awe-inspiring view in Venice or overgrown nettles outside of my village these both subjects attract my interest in an even way. I am trying to capture a unique moment of life, which on its own is telling a story.

My inspiration comes from nature as well as such artists as William Turner, Kyffin Williams, Claude Monet and a number of Russian painters for example Valentin Korovin and Vladimir Stozharov. Their passion for colour, loose painting technique and an ability to capture the moment fascinate me over and over again.

I am also interested in painting ‘portraits’ of things and places. A portrait of a stone wall, of a Welsh cottage or a path running through the valley to the high lake are as dear to me as could be a portrait of a dear friend.

I have exhibited my work at the Annual Exhibition of Royal Society of Painters in Water Colour, the Royal Society of Marine Artists and the Annual Exhibition of Society of Women Artists at the Mall Galleries in London, Royal Society of Birmingham Artists and many other British Galleries.

Working method

The whole experience of the Plein-Air is an ideal working environment for me. I start from investigating the area on my bicycle, noting the places of interest and making quick sketches. Next step will be to come back to the selected spots and to produce a number of preliminary watercolour studies and additional photos if needed. After that the collected material matures and expands in the studio.