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I was born in Tashkent, the capital of the former Soviet Republic of Uzbekistan. Although my parents lived in
Uzbekistan till I was 8 years old, I don’t have many memories about this part of my life. I remember we moved
several times and I had to change schools and I was not happy about it. The happy glimpses of memories are
associated with visits to the markers where I was fascinated with piles of luscious fruit and mountains of
watermelons and melons.
Most of my adult life I spent in an ancient Russian city of Kostroma on the Volga River where I got my education at
the department of Foreign Languages at the Kostroma State University.
During my life in Russia it seemed like I always was surrounded by wonderful Russian and
European art. My sister was an art student and since my childhood visits to art museums
was the favorite pastime in our family. I remember numerous visits to wonderful art museum of Moscow
which have the richest collections of Russian art. Art museums of St. Petersburg were a special treat for us
with their fantastic collections of European art.
I remember when I was in college I enjoyed my winter brakes in Moscow visiting museums and theaters.
Fall breaks were devoted to treasures of St. Petersburg because this city is especially
majestic and beautiful in the Fall.
I enjoyed watching my sister paint or draw but I never tried painting myself until I came to USA in 2000 for family reasons.
I felt the urge to paint all of a sudden last year and I started taking art classes
In Sawtooth Center for Visual Arts in Winston-Salem. I realized that I enjoy
working with bright happy colors to express my emotions and feelings. My painting “Passion”could serve as my art statement because I do have a passion for color. Also I really enjoy playing with colors and different techniques. As I never studied art before
I like trying new things like pouring liquid paints on canvas and watch what the paints fancy to do.
I know it shows that I have no patience to do the same thing for a long time but I like switching from one technique to another or trying something new like scraping Still wet canvas with the handle of the brush or with a paint knife.
Honestly I cannot consider myself an artist as I am still learning and playing with colors.
I’ve been a resident of North Carolina for more then 10 years already.
At the moment I live in Mocksville and work at Whole Foods Market in Winston-Salem.