I AM AN IMPRESSIONIST ARTIST, PAINTING DIRECTLY FROM NATURE (EN PLEIN AIR).

My work is influenced by French Impressionism and Early California artists. I have been painting for 15 years and my style can be described as bright, chromatic palette with "loose" painterly brush work. I began my artistic training at age 10 at an art school in Russia. I also have a degree in graphic design and built a successful career as a web designer. I am proud to call myself a student of nationally renowned artist Ovanes Berberian, who is famously known as the best colorist in the nation.

Represented by:

Founder of Caifornia Plein Air Painters
Signature Artist Member of American Impressionist Society
Associate Artist Member of California Art Club
Associate Artist Member of
Laguna Plein Air Association
Member of Oil Painters of America


My Story 

Visions and feelings of being out or near the sea fill my memories of my childhood. I grew up on the largest island off the east coast of Russia; the island of Sakhalin. My father was a sailor, leading cargo ships on trade routes around the world. Sometimes he would take my family on short trips around the continent. For a three year old child, these were unforgettable adventures and I was always excited and looking forward to the next trip. 

The coast and the sea were what made me feel at home when, in 1996, I moved to California. I fell in love with this land. I often go to paint near the sea by the Monterey Peninsula and Carmel, where so many great artists found inspiration; Franz Bishoff (1864-1929) and William Ritschel (1864-1949) among others. My work has been greatly influenced by these early, great California artists, and they have opened my eyes to the possibilities of color.

The ever changing mood and mystery of the ocean inspires me with its color and flickering light reflections. My collectors often comment, when looking at my paintings, that they are drawn to those qualities in the paintings.

 

SELECTED SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS

• “Point Lobos and Beyond” SHow by California Art Club, Carmel - Oct.-Nov. 2018

• American Impressionist Society Juried National Show, Award of Excellence - Oct. 2018

• Carmel Art Festival, CA, Honorable Mention - May 2018

• American Impressionist Society, Small Works - Feb. 2017

• Carmel Art Festival, CA - May 2017

• American Impressionist Society Juried National Show - Oct. 2017

• Northern California Impressionism, Nov. 2016

• American Impressionist Society Juried National Show, Merit Award - Oct. 2016

• Carmel Art Festival, CA - May 2016

• Randy Higbey 6x6, CA - Dec. 2015

• 'SUNSET TO SUNRISE' show at Debra Huse Gallery - Oct, 2015

• American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition - Oct, 2015

• Oil Painters of America, Western Region National Juried Exhibition - July, 2015

• LPAPA 11th Annual Best of Plein Air show - May, 2015

• American Impressionist Society Annual National Juried Exhibition - 2012, 2013, 2014

• Carmel Art Festival, CA - 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

• Los Gatos Art Festival, CA - 2011, 2013, 2014

• Solo Exhibition at Michael Seewald Gallery, Del Mar, CA - January, 2014

• Salon International 2012, San Antonio, TX - April 14 - May 4, 2012

• Randy Higbee 6x6” Show, Costa Mesa, CA - 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

• California Heritage, Jose Vera Gallery, Los Angeles, CA - Oct. 2012

• Salon International 2012, San Antonio, TX - April 14 - May 4, 2012

• Silvana Gallery, Glendale, CA - Small Work Art Exhibit, Dec. 2011

• Triton Museum Statewide Competition and Art Show, Santa Clara, CA - Dec. 2011

• Napa Valley Art Festival, Yountville, CA - Aug. 20, 2011

• Silvana Gallery, Glendale, CA - International Salon of Traditional Art Exhibit, July 20111

• Plein Air in the Garden, and Beyond at Filoli, Woodside - Apr. 2010

• Plein Air Juried Exhibit, Allied Arts, Menlo Park, CA - Oct. 2009

• Richeson School of Arts & Gallery Landscape Juried exhibit,Kimberly, WI - Oct. 2009

• 2008 Northwest Plein Air Juried Exhibit, Oregon - July 2008

• Los Gatos Museaum Annual Juried Show, Los Gatos, CA - Apr. 2008 - honorable mention

• Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA - Jan. 2008

• Pacifica Center for the Arts, Pacifica, CA - Group Exhibit, Jan. 2007

• Erikson Gallery, Half Moon Bay, CA - 2003

 

Evening Glow at Point Lobos, 24x20, oil on linen

Award of Excellence

American Impressionist Society - October, 2018

My painting “Evening Glow at Point Lobos” received an Award of Excellence at the 19th Annual American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition.

Judge of Awards: Dawn Whitelaw, AIS Master


“Morning at point Lobos", 16x20, oil on linen

Honorable Mention

Carmel Art Festival- May 18-20, 2018

My painting “Morning at point Lobos” received an Honorable Mention at the 26th Carmel Plein Air Juried Painting Competition.

Judge of Awards: John Burton


“Morning Glare, Point Lobos", 16x20, oil on linen

Merrit Award

American Impressionist Society - October, 2016

My painting “Morning Glare, Point Lobos” received a Merrit Award at the 17th Annual American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition.

Judge of Awards: Calvin Liang, AISM