Artist StatementMy goal as an artist is to continue growing and developing my skill as well as to continue strengthening the Baltimore art community by providing local artists with more opportunities to show and sell their art at my art gallery.
I am a Moscow, Russia transplant, who got to the states via South Africa. My worldly travels have opened up my mind and eyes to diversity and variety, which is evident in my work. I started drawing and making art as early as 5, but I did not fall in love with paint and a paint brush until my second year of college, which was about 17 years ago. Ever since then I have been pushing myself to become better and better at portraying the world and its beauty through my eyes. I have received my Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Maryland Institute College of Art. My main influences are Gustav Klimpt, Salvador Dali, and Van Gogh. I draw my inspiration from everyday things and people. In the last few years I have been drawing a lot of inspiration from Baltimore and its history. My other interests that can be seen in my paintings are allegorical creatures, mythical figures, and powerful female figures. I am a very instinctual painter and approach my paintings the way I live my life with vigor, spontaneity and faith in myself. In my paintings I like to juxtapose bright colors with dark colors to make things jump out at the viewer. I use bold brush strokes along blended backgrounds to create my 3 dimensional abstract worlds. I have recently opened up a gallery Escape Artists that features art by local emerging and experience artists and plan on expanding and growing my business to provide local artists with more opportunities.