I was born in Ukraine and moved to the United States in the 1990’s. My primary career was not related to art, but eventually I was fortunate to gain more space and time in my life to dedicate it to art learning. I studied with Steve Carpenter a figurative artist in Rochester NY, with Sergei Chubirko – a master academic draftsman in Florence, Italy, and took several painting workshops and classes with David Leffel and Sherrie McGraw – both preeminent contemporary artists. I am inspired by the Russian Impressionists and Realists schools of painting as I grew up visiting museums in Kiev, Moscow and St Petersburg that exhibit timeless collections of art. I currently live at Lake Tahoe in Nevada.