I was born in Rostov-Veliky, a small historical town near Moscow, Russia. My art studies began with 4 years of classical art training at a children's art school, as well as some workshops with an established artist Alekseev. At the age of 15 I was accepted to study painting and drawing at the Kalinin Art Academy in Moscow. In 1994 I came to the United States to complete my B.F.A. degree at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. I have exhibited my work in many group and one-person shows in Washington DC, Maryland, New York, England, and Virginia, where I now live and work as a professional artist and art instructor. I am a recipient of multiple grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. My work is in many national and international collections.
Women are the focus of my work; especially their expressive features – the eyes, faces, and hands. Their emotional states range from fragile to powerful - always changing moods, feelings, and thoughts. These women come from all around me, or any printed images that may catch my attention. I stylize them, exaggerate or distort, dress in colors, and create spaces of objects and patterns to reflect back upon the figure and her inner world.