The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke - Jerzy Kosinski
My art is a way to communicate. I use color, energy, and movement to connect emotionally to the viewer. I often paint with a sense of nostalgia, both personally and more broadly.
I primarily paint with oils on canvas because it allows changes during the creative process. At times, I'll see a different, better image while I paint.
I like to use a palette knife in addition to traditional brushes. I also work with acrylics on canvas and paper, and drawings on paper using ink, charcoal, and chalky artist crayons.
I would describe my styles as semi-abstract. My subjects remain recognizable, but I bend perspective and distance to add energy and motion.
I was born in Russia, and for several years I worked as a technical illustrator with archaeologists, anthropologists, and historical architects for scientific research publications. (My superpower is being an expert guide to historical Moscow. <<husband-like typing detected>>) Since a 1998 move to the US, I focus on artistic work, primarily in the media of oil on canvas. I also work in acrylics, pen and ink, charcoal pencil, and pastels.