My name is Leta and here is my art journey.
I grew up in Ukraine and for four years attended City Art School, a wonderful program where we spent many hours drawing, painting, and learning art history.
My formal education is in computer science. I have graduated with BS from Davis and MS from Stanford. For all those years of being a graduate student and an engineer I have been returning to drawing as my anchor.
In 2010 I finally identified the nagging feeling of something amiss and went back to college for evening painting courses. It’s been quite a winding path, but now drawing and painting are major part of my life and art became my career.
I use acrylics and watercolor depending on subject matter and the mood I am trying to capture.
A lot of my paintings are of landscapes though I cannot resist including people or reminders of their presence. I also paint animals, people, cityscapes, and sometimes still life. While at Stanford I was learning horseback riding and now that I live in Pleasanton and there are many farms in the area, horses are my latest project.
I use my own photographs as a source material for my paintings, as well as imagination and memories. I love walking in forests and walking in the streets of old cities.
If I was a writer, I would write fairy tales. As an artist, I paint stories, fuse real and imaginary.
I stop to notice special places and moments, sometimes around me, sometimes remembered, always fleeting. Life is full of them. Every morning I bike with my children to their schools, and, as the seasons and weather change, I stop to watch as fog is rolling through the meadow in the park, or autumn bright leaves reflect in rain puddles. Framed by a porch light and flowers door looks a little like portal to a story. Candle flame reflects in wine glasses, fills small room with warmth and quiet conversation.
I try to share all this magic with others by painting it. I love creating beautiful things.
I live with my family in Pleasanton, California. When I have extra time, I love to travel, look for colors in spring wildflowers and autumn leaves, dance, work in our garden, and go to theaters.
Besides painting, I also teach art to kids and adults.
- EBOS. June 2019.
- Luminous art show, California Watercolor Association, at the Danville Village Theater Gallery. Fall Brook painting is accepted. May and June 2019.
- California exhibition at Los Altos Public Library. Going Home is accepted as part of Silicon Valley Open Studios preview. April 2019.
- Expressions Tracy Art League Exhibit. Tracy. March 2019.
Three watercolor paintings Fog, Practice, and Santa Fe. Musician. are accepted.
- PAL Wall solo show at Firehouse Art Center, Pleasanton. January 2019.
- Pleasanton Art League’s 10th Annual Fall Members’ Exhibit at the Firehouse. Pleasanton. November 2018.
- EBOS. June 2018.
- Museum On Main Imagination Expressed PAL Spring 2018.
- SVOS. May 2017.
- UArt Open juried exhibition August 2013. Two paintings accepted and one received a prize.