Born in St.Petersburg, Russia
Lives & Works in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Exploration of your own psyche is an uneasy task, and it took me twelve years to build the bridge between my soul and a canvas. In the process of creation, I speak through intuition and this is when an iris flower became a connecting piece between my inner self and a blank sheet. It is no coincidence that my works are often compared to Georgia O'Keeffe, who similarly aimed to explore nature by capturing the shape of the flower. The iris has become the main object of self-reflection that symbolizes femininity and eroticism both rooted in nature. Using an almost monochrome palette, I focus on a particular emotion, its depth, variations, and origins. I strongly believe that the artist's aim is to create beautiful things, to inspire the best in us, and to show the magical journey of self-exploration.
Born and raised in St. Petersburg, in 2006 I moved to Estonia to study psychology, and accidentally found a book on watercolour techniques. This book fuelled my interest in painting and turned my weekends into artistic escapes. I was spending long hours at my grandmother’s house in the countryside in Estonia, practicing watercolor until my neck was getting numb.
To further hone my painting skills, I decided to find a professional artist who would teach me the right techniques and help me grow further. I approached Peeter Krosman, an Estonian artist. Peter has contributed a lot to my artistic development and showed how I can express myself freely through colors.
After a few years I moved back to St.Petersburg and started taking private lessons from a famous Russian artist Vladimir Zagorov. While trying to master my self-expression, I have also joined the classes of Professor Krachmer. Finally, in 2014 I took an intensive painting course in Paris. Painting had started to become an inseparable part of my life and, after a few commissioned works, I felt an urge to rent my own studio.
Nowadays I am frequently painting in my studio in Amsterdam and teaching painting techniques on a private basis.