About

During the portrait workshop at the Academy of Fine Arts in Saint Petersburg, Russia (2017)
Working on utility box painting project (2021)

I am an artist, graphic designer and educator, residing in Arlington, Mass. I have been teaching all my professional life. My first degree (MA+PhD) is in Philosophy and Education from St. Petersburg State University, Russia. The courses I taught include: Computer Graphics for Advertising Specialists, Studio Art for Children, Painting and Drawing for adults, Fiber Sculpture and Needle Felting.

Besides that, I also have a background in Graphic Design field, with over 15 years of experience in designing books, journals, newsletters and generally speaking, any type of printed collateral, including in-store and outdoor advertisement and many more.

In my artistic explorations, I’ve always been focused on drawing, painting and illustration using traditional artistic media. I also devote a lot of time to making 3D art – mostly small papier-mâché sculptures, as well as needle felted dolls.

For many years I have been an active participant in local art events. That includes Arlington Open Studios and multiple exhibits organized by Arlington Center for the Arts, Lexington Art Walk (organized by Munroe Center for the Arts), ChairFul Where You Sit, and more. In 2021 I took part in town’s public art project supported by Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture to decorate utility boxes around Arlington.

In 2016, after years of working as an art instructor, I started teaching independently and founded a studio that offered a variety of art classes (painting, drawing and needle felting) for children and adults.

The art classes provide an environment that is intended to encourage creativity through many art media. Students of all ages are invited to ignite their imaginations, experiment with various art materials and discover their own visual language.

Since March of 2020 my studio is working in a “virtual mode”, which means that the classes are now held online. For more information about the classes’s organizations and how the instruction is delivered, please see “About our online classroom “ page.