I was born in the storied Russian town of Veliky Novgorod. My most vivid childhood memories are of the countryside ‐ a blooming orchard and the buzzing of the bees my grandparents kept, the smell of hay, the pounding of a hammer that my grandfather used to sharpen his scythe. The open fields and low skies of Russia have been in my heart forever. I started drawing, mainly from nature, as a little child and went on to study at a local art studio at the age of 14. My education continued at the Fine Arts College in Yaroslavl (Russia). After graduating in 1999, I worked for the icon-painting workshop called Kovcheg. I continued to paint in South Korea, where I moved with my family in 2001. I made sketches of the sculptural group dedicated to Christmas for the Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Greek Monastery in Gapyeong. Since 2003 I live and paint in the USA. Some of my works are can be found at the Artisan Gallery in Ellicott City, MD, as well as in private collections in the US and abroad.