East Lake Shimmerings
Oil on canvas
20 x 30 inches
When I started seriously focusing on painting, I learnt to stop and look. Artists call it observation. It changed my life. I saw incredible complexity of Nature. One thing puzzles me exceedingly. How such complexity can be so harmonious? As an artist my goal is to evoke the desire to discover, to take a moment to observe.
To improve my own observation skills I paint predominantly from life. All summer I’m outside painting landscape studies and inside setting up still lives with all that blooms and ripens. I spend winter going through my studies and photos trying to pull bigger paintings or series of paintings, if I’m lucky. Lately I do thumbnail sketches in value and color for the whole series before starting the first painting. It helps me visualize the outcome and keep on track.
About the Artist
I was drawn to art as long as I can remember. It was put on the back burner while I pursued a career in Public Relations. I began my art studies in 2008, but it wasn’t till 2014 that I decided to be serious about it.
I have attended several art schools in Russia and Canada over the years, many in person and online workshops. My work has been a part of many group shows and had three solo exhibition in Toronto. In 2014 I started teaching oil painting workshops which quickly grew into two locations and continued right until I had a baby in 2018.
Currently I’m focusing on studio painting from life and plein air studies whenever the weather allows.
My work is in private collections is Canada, US, UK, Russia, Germany, Cyprus and Malta. I continue to exhibit in Ontario as well as take part in community life through various art projects.