The work of the “Old Masters” has always mesmerized me. I spent hours as a little girl at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, and later at the Louvre in Paris studying the works of Rembrandt, Chardin and Ingres. Living and working in Western Europe allowed me to observe the beauty, movement of light, and the balance of composition that made these masterpieces so compelling. After moving to the U.S. from the Soviet Union, I adjusted to American life as a student, connecting with my newly adopted culture through drawing, painting, and attending museums and galleries in my new home of Denver, Colorado. Eventually, I pursued an MBA and a successful career in marketing management for over 15 years.
However, the pull of creating art was too strong to ignore, and I decided to pursue my dream and become a full-time fine artist. Like the Masters, I believe oil paintings should evoke a feeling of beauty, elegance and the colorful pleasures of life; and my modern sensibility reveals this via color, light and subject matter.
University of Colorado
Bachelor of Science, 1989
Master of Science, 1994