In my motivation for painting, I am continually enveloped by the natural world and our responsibility to its ecology. My love for nature is rooted in a childhood spent in a simple village in the countryside where I learned to respect nature and strive to live in harmony with it. Though I have spent my adult life in Moscow, my heart belongs to far away fields of green and cool summer steams. All of my youthful feelings and impressions of life are what urge me on to paint. I find that symbolism is the closest thing to the freedom of a child’s unspoiled outlook of life and so it is also my chosen form of expression.