I am tea, chocolates, arts and crafts, love and dreams. Winter and poetry, vintage and scraps, black and white. Beautiful wings are given for life - time to fly. Spreading wings, springing to life, to grow and bloom. Life is tricks and dance and making it all happen. Love is easy, just carry it lightly. I am open, I say and I do, keeping it real. Be with me, I am not here to be alone. Say your prayers, we are here not for long.
Kazakhstan born, past 16 years in South Africa, Russian and English speaking, I have come a long way as an artist and a teacher.
Making art since I was 4, that makes it 34 years of arts and crafts in a variety of types, forms and subjects. I’ve been extensively drawing until I was 13, then was accepted into 3 year government art school, that focused on intense 3 times a week art education in watercolour still life, composition, sculpture, drawing and history of arts. I was graduated at 16, and unfortunately got so “sick” of watercolours, I have not picked them up ever since. At 20 I graduated as a school teacher, and at 29 became professional filming editor.
My conventional art training enabled me to gather my courage and go on a long self-taught journey of mixed-media: acrylics, oils, gouache, inks, collage, charcoal, pencils, graphite, and many more – in my hunger for anything else, but watercolours - I covered it all. My move from still life to faces was not effortless and took several years of searching for my own style. I have done a year of art through University of South Africa and then studied through online workshops of several talented teaches who gave me a big nudge.
At 35 I left editing and became a full-time artist. My baby girl Tallulah Jade Rainbow was born the same year and under my guidance became a professional artist at the age of 3.5, (more on this blog).
Besides my passion for mixed-media and fine art, I have always been smitten (and side-tracked) by varieties of crafts, such as bookmaking, doll sculpting, vintage repurposing, mosaics, pewter, furniture upcycling, sowing, found objects assemblage and many more things. I have released my first online workshop in September 2015, and my background of art training, teaching and filmmaking made it an easy transition for me.
Some more facts
I was born in the land of +40 C in summer and -40C in winter, my native language is Russian. I relocated to South Africa when I was 21 and currently residing in a stunning tourist town by the sea Hermanus (1 hour from Cape Town), with my filmmaker husband FC Hamman, my artist toddler, 2 dogs and 3 cats.