I see art making as a magical, hardly explainable process. I however able to teach art comprehensively and with ease. I am in my element when I convey step by step creative process. I paint mostly in acrylics, but over the years have taught classes in virtually any media, including mixed-media art. I am comfortable with both muted and vibrant color palette, realistic or expressive art. I characterize my creative style as symbolic soulful story art, with elements of surrealism and whimsy. Human faces are my passion. I rarely complete an artwork without human face in it. Having said that, I rarely paint straightforward faces, I always add symbols and elements to them to convey a story for the viewer to discover. I often feel that art comes as if through me, it lives through me, it evolves in the process even if planning was involved. During my creative process, symbols, words and names of the artworks appear on their own and unintentionally. Usually end result reveals story to me as surprisingly as for the viewer. Art is magic and mystery, art is everything, art is a part of us all.

Few straightforward facts:

I am 41 years old. I was born in Kazakhstan, former USSR, in the land of +40 C in summer and -40 C in winter. I am Russian speaking, from family of professional musicians. My parents past away long ago. I relocated to South Africa at the age of 21. I live in Hermanus, South Africa, beautiful coastal town and international tourist whale watching destination, 2 hours drive from Cape Town. I am married to FC Hamman, filmmaker, and we are raising 7 year old daughter Tallulah – artist, ballet dancer and violin player. I have my own studio, where I play creatively with fine arts, filming workshop, having fun sowing, making stuff out of clay and art books, assemblage art, collages and more yummy stuff. I have 3 dogs, 3 cats, love genealogy and gardening. I am vegan and eat mostly raw. I used to have fibromyalgia, but recovered on raw detox and diet. I do yoga 2-3 times a week and love going on walks with my dogs along our incredibly beautiful coastal path.