How do you decide what to paint?
Answer: I have an endless list of ideas in my head. Ultimately, I fall in love with my subject and I start.
Do you paint from models or pictures?
Answer: I do not. Everything comes from my head. Occasionally some of my work may appear representational, it is actually an interpretation of the subject.
Which paintings are your favorites?
Answer: My favorite is always the last one I finished.
How do you know your painting is done or finished?
Answer: When I am working, my painting talks to me. When it stops talking it is done.
What substrates do you paint on?
Answer: Most paintings are on canvas or linen. I also like to paint on birch panels and occasionally on paper.
Do you paint in your studio or somewhere else?
Answer: Since I am not using a model or a scene, I do not typically paint plain air. My studio gives me the perfect setting for comfort and creativity.
How did you end up in America and Charlotte?
Answer: After growing up in Moscow, I needed the freedom to think and paint freely which you can do in the USA. I also wanted to get away from the cold and snow making Charlotte the perfect choice.