"The Earth is blue as an orange" Paul Eluard
Anya's influences and inspirations that brought out her artistic side began early in her life. Her grandfather was her first teacher as he would sketch and doodle funny drawings for her, and she tried to imitate him. When she was older, Anya and her childhood friends would make tiny sculptures from the clay mud on the banks of a nearby river. Yet Anya's options to further explore her own talents and learn were limited. Having been born and raised in the Soviet Union, Anya had to chose a more practical path to pursue than the tumultuous world of art. While she had dreamed of attending an art school she choose instead to enter the world of Information Technology, but never lost her drive and passion for the craft. After immigrating to the United States, marrying her husband, establishing a career, and adding a dynamic duo of twins to her family, Anya felt the longing of her creative side wanting to be free. In the beginning, she began experimenting with imaginative decorations for children's jeans and denim overalls. This practice took off with the help of eBay and other mother's looking for unique outfits for their children. This allowed Anya to review her talents and the directions she wished to go in artistically. In 2009, Anya began more serious work as painter, exploring methods and techniques that communicated her vision. Since that time, Anya has continued her journey, joined the Arlington Artist Alliance, and has showed her work in many venues through the Washington, DC area. Among the artists Anya cites influences from are Gustav Klimt, Mikhail, Vrubel, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Frida Kahlo. Anya is an avid reader and has always been drawn to a written word, so most of her inspirations come from quotes or poems. But lots of her works are also inspired by her friends and family. Anya paints in acrylics, using collage elements of paper, fabric, metal, yarn, foil and even dryer lint.