Andrei Kushnir landscape paintings reflect his love of the outdoors, particularly those unspoiled places still found near his home in Brookmont, Maryland, near the Potomac River and the C and O Canal. He is known as a New Naturalist; and usually paints directly from nature, which inspires him to capture the poetic feeling of a place. Mr. Kushnir often visits other locales of scenic beauty in New England, the Blue Ridge Mountains, Cape Hatteras, Florida, s Gulf Coast and California. He also paints large scale landscape compositions, both from nature and his own studies. The artist has studied architectural drawing and taken instruction at The Art League, Alexandria, Virginia with painter Michael Francis, as well as with painter Michele Taylor. He has painted in oils since 1980, frequently exhibiting in juried shows. His works have been accepted in commercial gallery shows juried by curators from the National Gallery of Art, National Museum of American Art, Hirshhorn Museum, and Corcoran Gallery. He is an official US Coast Guard artist. He has been a finalist in the Arts for the Parks Competition held by the National Park Academy of Arts/National Park Foundation, paintings of his were competitively selected for purchase by the District of Columbia Commision of Arts and Humanities, and his paintings were selected for exhibit at the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, MO, Museum of Florida Art Culture, Sebring FL, Salmagundi Club, New York City; and the Holter Museum of Art, Helena Montana. He is represented in the Washington, D.C. area by American Painting Fine Art, 5118 MacArthur Blvd., NW, Washington, DC 20016 (202) 244-3244. In addition, the artist is represented by the following fine art galleries: Alexander Gallery, New York, NY; and Serendipity Gallery, Boca Grande, FL, Cogswell Gallery in Vail, Colorado.