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"I think and think and think,
and I've thought myself out of happiness one million times,
but never once into it."
Jonathan Safran Foer
How it all started
One of the questions I find particularly difficult to answer is "Where are you from?" Because there isn't a short answer, or even an answer sometimes. I was born in 1988 in Siberia, grew up in a town on a small island in the Far East of Russia (do you know where the Pacific Ocean begins?), then lived, studied and worked in Vladivostok, Moscow, the United States and Ireland. The last time I moved from Ireland to Italy, where I got married.

Moving to a new country where I didn't know the language and couldn't find a way to navigate myself through daily life in a small village, had no friends and no clear life plan - it has been quite a miserable time. I felt completely broken.

Then one day I got colors and brushes and remembered how I painted in an art school as a kid. I started painting simple things that I saw around me - apples, flowers, cups. It all seemed so peaceful to me. I took a few classes, started learning and practicing more, I became more and more passionate about painting, and I got better at it, and as they say in Italy - piano piano (step by step) I started selling my art, and painting became my full-time occupation.

I believe, little things in life are as valuable as the big ones. Life is made of little moments, like a puzzle, where every piece is important to complete the picture. They help us appreciate the present moment and not overload our mind with whatever big life problems there are. That is why I decided to create these feel-good, cozy, no-drama paintings that are nice to look at. Each and every one of my paintings is created carefully and with joy - to make your home a happy place.

Since 2020, I've opened an online painting school, where people could learn to paint with a little bit of my help. Since I am essentially a self-taught artist, I believe that anyone could get better at painting (or anything, really), they just need to put enough time and passion into practicing it. So I've taken the chance to share all I know about painting - I wrapped this knowledge into my online courses and tutorials. Based on my own experience I know that painting is good for you - whether it's a hobby or a step towards an artistic career - it's something that helps you see the world in a different light. And it's fun and relaxing too!
"When I look at you, I can feel it.
I look at you, and I'm home."
Dory (Finding Nemo, 2003)
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