Nostalgic Landscapes for the Adventurous Soul.

You want to have deep connections in this world, and honest conversations about wha's important. You want to truly remember what it felt like to experience the lonely beaches of medieval France, stand next to the proud tall pines of Cape Cod, or explore the dancing jagged coast of California. You want to exhale, and revel in the abundant beauty all around you!

Join Me on my quest to truly feel this world, to truly melt into it.

 

Art as Solace

My life took me on many journeys. I left Kishinev together with my family at the age of thirteen. It was a very hard transition for me. Finding art as solace truly changed my outlook on the world around me. Painting got me accepted into an Ivy League institution. The world of art stayed with me when I took a detour to manage an art gallery chain.

After my second child, I started another business, a teaching art studio, The Plein-Air Art Academy. Soon after I had my third child, it received a Best of Boston award, and is still going strong. Artmaking still keeps me balanced in this life, and is becoming a larger and larger focus for me.

My technique

I paint multilayered landscapes in oil and cold wax, which I partially melt with a heating lamp to dissolve different objects on canvas into one another. The drips are my signature element: the dark ones are emotional strokes that create grids within a painting. The lighter ones are semitransparent and partially show the layers of paint beneath them.

My technique is a dance between watercolor and oil techniques. I begin with a watercolor done en plein-air. I subsequently translate the drawing to canvas in the same expressive manner adopted for the initial watercolor, employing an impasto technique of oils mixed with cold wax.

The last and most rewarding part of the process is the melting of wax. It comes as a 4th or 5th layer of the painting. It requires patience, has an element of surprise, yet can be controlled, and it connects various sections of the canvas. Because it's a textured layer on top of other layers, it breaks down lines between subjects, and literally melts one state into another. It also creates mini compositions within a painting, so that your eye always wanders around the canvas and catches new nuances hidden within the layers.

Visit my gallery here.