My Russian Soul: Paintings by Nataliya Gurshman
April 27, 2019 – June 9, 2019
Exhibition Reception: May 4th, 2019, 2-4PM
I am a very intuitive and emotional being, and my art reflects that. I create my work in a single breath, without a pause, so that I do not lose any drop of inspiration. I am so caught up in the moment of creation that I forget where I am—nothing can distract me from this euphoria. Whatever I am painting, I must be in love with my subject. Lately, I have been attracted to nature and create my impressions of a subject through reflection of my background, my emotional state at the moment, and by utilizing new artistic techniques.
I choose bold brush strokes of opaque lights to express my energy, juxtaposed against transparent cooler shadows, and scraping some translucency into the mysterious darks with the palette knife.
Since I grew up in the northern part of the former Soviet Union, in the beautiful city of Leningrad, winter and snow were a big part of my life. I keep coming back to it more often than not. This body of work, reflects my love for winter. Some pieces are more realistic, while others are more abstract. However, I express my energy and love for snow equally well in both. Many of these works are inspired either by a real place or my childhood memories and emotions. It is a gratifying feeling once the painting is done. I exhale, feel hungry, happy, and totally exhausted mentally. The feeling of accomplishment fills me up. I feel all the hard work hasn’t been wasted, and think- I can paint, I can do this well!
I consider myself a versatile, productive artist who continues to learn and explore creatively.
I am never stagnant.
You can follow Nataliya on Instagram @natikartcities and her website at http://www.natikart.com/