Location: Blackstone Heights, TAS, Australia
Artist Group/s: 2D Fine Art, Portraiture, Art for Children
Themes: Landscapes, City/Street, Ocean/Water, People/Portraits, Animals, Nature, Still life/Objects, Realism, Expressive
Medium: Painting, Drawing
Mostly self-taught. Done watercolour workshops with Herman Pekel and Amanda Hyatt
Huon Art, Cygnet TAS
Art as Mania, Deloraine TAS
The Tasmanian Artisan Shop, Launceston TAS
Olga grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia, and moved to Moscow when married.
The magnificent architecture and museums with their great art collections in both cities inspired Olga’s interest in art from the early age.
Though not having any formal art training, she is learning from books, observation, studying the old masters and constantly practicing her drawing skills.
Throughout her life, Olga has had the opportunity to live and work in several different countries exposed to the extraordinary landscapes, diversity of traditions and various art styles of Finland, The USA and New Zealand. This experience and a deep immersion in the ancient culture of Japan while living there had a crucial influence on Olga’s life and artistic style.
She has abandoned her initial career in science for photography, teaching, illustration and graphic design while refining herself as an artist.
Working predominantly with pastel and watercolour Olga paints a variety of subjects. The typical feature of Olga’s art is the aspiration to “catch the light “in whatever inspires her - flowers, fruit, beautiful scenery and the ability to capture the human emotions.
People are Olga’s favourite subject. She is interested in telling the story, concentrating on the facial expressions and the mood. Typically Olga leaves a lot of “the white space” encouraging the viewer to fill it with their own experiences and complete the story.
Far from the idea to paint a photorealistic portrait the artist is meticulous with the details significant to her story, such were the ruffles, fluffy hair and tonal diversity in “Pas de deux”.
Since 2014 Olga has resided in Launceston, Tasmania. She exhibits extensively around the state.
I am using only professional artist quality watercolour and pastel. The pastel paper and individual sheets of watercolour paper have various measurements and for my price guide I round up those to more familiar international sizes A3, A2 and A1.
The final price depends on the size, style and number of people in the portrait. Simple sketch or portrait with lots of realistic details? One face or more? Face only or full body with a bit of nature or interior around? They all require different time to complete, therefore I can not give one firm quote for all, but will discuss every case individually. Considering all above, here is the price range, as a guide.
A3 - $250 - $500
A2 - $500 - $800
A1 - $800 - $1500