I would like to express my gratitude to my friend Charles Mandel, who encouraged me to watercolor painting, and my Mom, who makes my work possible. I did not choose watercolor painting. But watercolor painting chose me.
I am a Belarusian artist. I studied at the Belarusian State Pedagogical University to become an artist-teacher. After graduating from university, I worked in a printing house as a designer for several years. I did computer sketches for covers, labels, albums and many other printing products. I was successful at my workplace, but the office atmosphere did not match my freedom-loving nature. I quit my job and became a freelancer.
I studied three-dimensional programs on my own and worked in the computer games industry for 15 years. I created lots of three-dimensional houses, monsters, ruins, and crumpled tanks. My child grew up. I saw that he plays a lot of computer games. My work began to burden me. I was not sure if I was doing something good for the children.
I left my work. It was a shock for my family. I started retouching and colorizing old photos remotely.
I met an excellent customer from the USA. For several years we restored old photos of American baseball players. It was a great interesting work. Some of my colorizations are in National Baseball Hall of Fame. You can find my colorings in the online magazine Daily Mail. 11:50 BST, 26 May 2017, which is a British daily. And you can find my colorings in magazines Baseball History & Art.
We did a great job. Next my customer began to encourage me to paint watercolors of American baseball players.
Watercolor portrait! Its impossible. Watercolor is not suitable for portraits. I was sure that it was impossible.
But I did not want to lose the job. I had to agree. I had some of the most difficult months in my life. I forced myself to learn painting with watercolor. I did not expect that I would succeed, but still I hoped that I could manage.
A few months later I had a product for my client. We made 96 watercolor portraits for one year. All of them were purchased by collectors. I look forward to a series of baseball cards made from those watercolors.
I received touching letters from the relatives of the baseball players. I think that we did an excellent job.
I had a disagreement with my favorite long standing customer and had no job for three months. I used that time to create my portfolio and was honored that my first independent work, “This Wheel Needs Repair!”, was accepted and included in the 2019 IWS Hungary Calendar. I am honored.
My fifth independent work, “What Does She See?”, was selected for the Fabriano Acquarello 2019 Exhibition. Painting “Discovering the world” was accepted for II International Watercolor Triennial – Varna 2019.
Painting “Coquette” won the second round of the competition IWS Poland 2019 Step by Step.
And also I became the winner of the Global Watercolor Society GAWA in the senior category and received a scholarship to participate in international watercolor exhibitions. Very exciting.