Living in Alaska provides an abundance of scenic beauty. Painting the landscape En Plein Air gives me an opportunity to study the lay of the land and observe the nature, while composing a painting, matching the colors that I see. Mixing colors of the landscape that are constantly changing with the sunlight is always fascinating challenge. Painting is a way for me to share my observations of the world that surrounds me.
Beginning 1991, I was able to regularly participate in the Ice Alaska's Ice Art competitions held annually in Fairbanks, Alaska and actually won 15 Gold medals in International Ice Art Championships worldwide. Immersion into a different medium, which, on its technical side, requires precise understanding of the relationships between elements and natural forces has enriched my painting with more accurate lighting qualities and greater three-dimensional depth.
Since 1996, Alaska has been my permanent residence, where I live and work as a painter, ice sculptor and art instructor. Drawing inspiration from the geographical and cultural continuities between Alaska and Russian Far East, I strive to continue celebrating, through painting and carving ice, the lavish majesty of the Northern Splendor