We are getting very excited for this weekends Pro-Am Paint Off! The gallery is cleared out to make room for some live painting which will be happening all day Saturday. We will be hosting 5 professional artists teamed up with 5 talented teens to create one of a kind pieces. Stop by anytime Saturday to join in the fun! We also have a project ready for your kids to create and take home their very own painting as well!
Next up in our lineup of Professional Artists is Oksana Tepp. Oksana is originally from Ukraine and has been a full time artist since 2009.
Learn more about Oksana in this brief interview:
What type of artwork you create?
Painting in variety of mediums.
How has your practice changed over time?
My first medium was watercolors. Eventually transitioned to oils. Later had chosen acrylics as the preferred medium which allowed me to combine favorite techniques used with watercolors and oils. Currently prefer to paint with variety of mediums creating mixed-medium art. The style of artwork has also changed over time, as I started with realistic painting in watercolors, going through the period of impressionistic style of painting in oils. Currently I enjoy creating large abstract art in acrylics and mixed mediums.
What work do you most enjoy doing?
The most enjoyable is a process of creating intuitive painting, when the piece starts as pure abstract and eventually develops into complicated semi-abstract artwork full of symbols and most importantly, the artwork that is telling a story. This is a slow process with many layers and steps, but the results are always unexpected and rewarding.
What themes do you pursue?
People and their relationships, figure, cityscape, landscape, abstract. I love painting water/waterscape and sunset!
Do you have a favorite piece of artwork that you created.
One piece was commissioned and started as a serious challenge. Another started as playful experiment. One was carefully planned, and another was created intuitively.
Professionally, what is your goal?
My goal is to travel around the world experiencing first hand and learning from masters different classical and modern practices, and developing my own unique style.
What advice would you offer to young emerging artist?
You don’t have to go far to look for inspiration. It is in your life, and it is around you. Do not be afraid of criticism. Create art worthy of critical attention. Seek out the friendship of other artists around you. Learn from others, but walk your own pass, no matter how long and how difficult it could be
Besides Tsuga, where can people currently find your work?
Large abstract paintings are currently on display at Auntie's Bookstore in the Liberty Building, downtown Spokane.
Solo show for First Friday and through the month of January is at the Core Pilates and Wellness Studio at Kendall Yards ,Spokane WA.
t the Core Pilates and Wellness Studio at Kendall Yards ,Spokane WA.