'I began to draw almost from birth when for the first time I was allowed to crawl with paints on paper. My creative path led me to the I. D. Shadr School in Yekaterinburg, after which I entered the Repin Academy at the Faculty of Graphics. Now I am a 5th-year student at the Repin Academy in the workshop of A.N. Sklyarenko. In my free time, I teach drawing, participate in exhibitions and competitions and travel the world in search of new experiences.
I fell in love with the Ural and Northern capitals with all my heart, but I do not intend to stop there. I dream of living in different cities and countries and learning new languages and cultures.
I have always been attracted by the work of the Impressionists, Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec, and the paintings of Klimt and Schiele. Most of all I like to draw people and try to convey the character and personal experiences of everyone.
All my works can be divided into those made with a unique and in-circulation technique. I perform unique works in various media, but the most common is mixed or author's media, when I paint with watercolours, then with tempera, acrylic/gouache and finish with coloured pencils and sometimes pastels. At the same time, areas without paint or painted with the first watercolour layer are always especially valuable for me'
Arina Ponomareva, artist