My name is Leah and I am a professional artist from Russia based in South East London. My broad-ranging body of work includes cityscapes, landscapes, still lifes, figures, portraits, pet portraits, plein airs. I have an MA in Fine Art and have participated in regional, national and international exhibitions.
I am mainly influenced by Impressionism with an eye to expressive and textured brushwork. My works can be found in private collections in the UK, USA, Russia, France Germany, Australia, Portugal, Brazil and many more.
Ever since I was a child I have had a distinctive urge for recapturing the experience of what I have seen, be that a little pattern on a rug in my room, or a beauty of butterfly wings.
At the age of about ten, my creative abilities were noticed by my mother’s close friend. As a result, she later enrolled me to a children’s art school without me even knowing it, but I still feel indebted to her for doing so. Thus, my quest for comprehending the arts commenced.
When I was eighteen I entered Kursk State University to study Fine Art. Those ardent days were filled with learning something interesting and new almost every day. I started painting myself and people around me, few people commissioned their portraits to me at that time. I experimented with different mediums, techniques and genres. Following successful completion of my undergraduate course, I was able to access the MA program with an opportunity to consolidate and refine my art by developing my studio practice to a professional level.
A new wave of inspiration has visited me when I first came to the UK. Strangely enough, the emotional experiences of what I have seen here in England evoked memories of my childhood. It was a truly childlike excitement at seeing the diversity of people with their unique cultures and individual identities. Observing the life of London and its limitless spectrum of light and colour, in which people, landscapes and objects get all mixed together, was like a breath of fresh air to me.
While I use a variety of materials and techniques I tend to focus on the correct handling of colours and how they relate to each other in the context of composition. I often use a diverse set of colours consciously to instil a feeling of energy and vibrancy in my paintings. My ultimate aim as an artist is to transform my somewhat emotionally charged observations and impressions into something evocative and memorable without being too literal-minded.