My work is about being a woman:  the complexity of our emotional states, ranging from fragile to powerful, with always changing moods, feelings, and thoughts, as we evolve through our experiences and interactions with each other and the world.

 

I combine drawing, painting, and printmaking in search of the less predictable and more exciting processes and unexpected results. I love colors and patterns, contrasts, and details. Through my composing with lines, I communicate how I am both open to the world and feel trapped in it. But I appreciate its beauty. I am part of it, and I feel the constant  need to create.

My training as an artist began at a young age, in my hometown, the historic Rostov-Veliky, near Moscow, Russia. 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 BFA degree at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. I have exhibited my work in many group and solo shows in Washington DC, Maryland, New York, England, and Virginia, where I now live and work as a professional artist and 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.

Self-Portrait Gallery