ARTIST'S STATEMENT


Art has always been a very strong part of my identity. My grandfather was a great influence on me in the early years. He ran a small art school in Moscow and was a respected water color painter. After coming to America with my family in 1991, having a direction and a passion for art helped me overcome those confusing first years in a new country.

In my work, along with exploring the visual elements found in the external world of nature, I also focus on the feelings and internal states of consciousness that accompany life's moments of change and transformation. As I implement abstract elements like colorful undulating shapes and lines weaving throughout the painting, I think of the weaving tapestry of life's paths that we encounter and navigate.

As I work, I look for a certain vitality and energy in the final painting, which is why I always have been attracted to vivid colors and meandering lines. I like to have a lot of information in the painting for the viewer's eye to move freely and never get bored. Sometimes I have human figures interacting with pod-like shapes as well as images of embryos encased in floral pods representing potential and nurture.

With only a few exceptions I gravitate towards working on a large scale. I love the all-encompassing gestural freedom I feel when I work on a large canvas, and the playability of oil allows me to easily make changes in my painting as I work. Transformation and spontaneous change are a part of my work process as well as my subject matter. After I start with an idea that inspires me, the painting inevitably takes a turn, then another and another. Although it is often difficult to let go of my original vision, my job is to embrace those changes because I know it is a way towards a better piece of art.

Making art reminds me of how important it is to submit to the flow of life and let go of my expectations and demands. I always enjoy the process of collaboration between the painting and myself. The highlight of the journey is discovering the final result that my initial inspiration brings about.

 

RESUME


EDUCATION

2006 - 2012   Tom Wudl Studio, Los Angeles, CA

1999               B.F.A. in Fine Arts, Otis College of Art and Design

1995 - 1999    Los Angeles County High School for the Arts

 

SOLO SHOWS

2017               SB CAST, Studio C, Santa Barbara, CA

2016               Ojai Art Center, Ojai, CA

2016               Gaia's Path, Palm Loft, Carpinteria, CA

2014               Pulse of Line, Karpeles Manuscript Museum, Santa Barbara, CA

2013               ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL

2013               Pulse of Line, Karpeles Manuscript Museum, Shreveport, LA

 

SELECT EXHIBITIONS

2017               Let There Be Color, Distinctive Art Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 

2017               Color Line Form, Izen Miller Gallery on El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 

2017               Art & Fashion, St. John Boutique on El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA

2017               Multiplicity, Izen Miller Gallery on El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA

2016               100 Grand, Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

2015               Neoteric International Exhibition, The HUD Gallery/Dab Art, Ventura, CA

2015               Firgure, CASA Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

2015               A Step into Spring, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2014               Holidaze Group Show, Galerie 102, Ojai, CA

2014               Feast Your Eyes, The Arts Fund, Santa Barbara, CA

2014               LAX WAX, Santa Barbara Tennis Club, Santa Barbara, CA

2014               Nature vs. Nurture, Galerie 102, Ojai, CA

2013               100 Grand, Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA                  

2013               A Bee's World, Two person show, Ca'Dario Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

2013               Affordable Art Fair, Seattle Center, Seattle, WA

2013               Encore Angel, Santa Barbara Tennis Club, Santa Barbara, CA, Award of Merit

2013               2-D & 3-D Works Exhibition, LH Horton Jr Gallery, Stockton, CA

2013               National All Media Exhibition, Chico Art Center, Chico, CA

2013               In Her Minds Eye, Santa Barbara Tennis Club, Santa Barbara, CA

2013               12th Annual Juried Open, Topanga Canyon Gallery, Topanga, CA

2013               Paintings, Paintings, Paintings, Pacific Art League Gallery, Palo Alto, CA

2013               Affordable Art Fair, Metropolian Pavilion, New York, NY

2012               100 Grand, Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

2012               Birth of Color, Arts & Recreation Center, Baldwin Park, CA

2012               Holiday Collectible Exhibition, Wall Space Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

2012                In Tune, Palm Loft Gallery, Carpinteria, CA

2012               Timeless Meditations, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ, Award of Merit

2012               Peace, Love, Grace, Juried Show, Palm Loft Gallery, Carpentaria, CA    

2012               Santa Barbara Studio Artists Show, Santa Barbara Frame Shop and Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA                                      

2012               Standard Deviation, Pop up Show of Alternative Art, Santa Barbara, CA

2012               New Growth: Two person show, Corridan Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA                  

2012               Collector’s Choice Show, Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA

2011               Holiday Blue, Palm Loft Gallery, Carpentaria, CA

2001               Organic Aesthetics, Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA

1998               LA Countywide Arts Open House, Los Angeles, CA 

 

MURALS

2017               Jardin de las Rosas, Peoples' Self-Help Housing and Santa Barbara Arts Fund, Santa Barbara, CA

1999              Anomaly Factory ll, Private Hollywood Hills Club, Sponsored by Entertec Inc., Hollywood, CA

 

LECTURES

2017                Lunch & Learn, Laguna Blanca Parents' Auxiliary, Santa Barbara, CA

2012               Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA

 

PUBLICATIONS

2017               “Laguna Blanca’s Spring Benefit”, Montecito Journal, Vol. 23, March 9-16

2017                Laguna Blanca Magazine@steelcitypress.com 

2016               “Featured Artist: Masha Keating, Painter”, impactmania.com

2016               Hope Ranch Living Magazine, Resident Spotlight

2015               "Осознание" (Consciousness) Poems by Boris Kornfeld 

2014                Artist Interview: Masha Keating and Galerie 102”, theojai.net

2013                "Stories We Tell" catalog for the Women's Caucus for Art