Larisa Aksenova draws on an early career as a geologist and hydrologist in Russia to create mostly abstract paintings that she will display in Camas in November. After graduating as an engineer from Moscow State University, she spent 10 years in the field, where she says the seeds of her art were sewn. The result, “The World Through my Eyes,” will be on display through Nov. 30 at the Second Story Gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library.
“From the snow-filled forests and the ice-covered mountains of Siberia, to the heat and golden sands of the desert, these places left a permanent impression on me,” explains Larisa. She said that, after moving to the United States, she tried work as a computer programmer, accountant and hairdresser, “all the while never forgetting the glorious sights I saw as a geologist.” Those sights now inspire her art.
“I submerged myself in the world of drawing, watercolors and acrylics,” she said, crediting classes at Clark College for the first steps in her new life. Realism, she says, led her to want new challenges. “This is where I found a love for modern art and abstract art.”
“My attraction to abstract art comes from the fact that people can look at the same painting but each person will come away seeing and feeling something different,” according to Larisa. “The meaning is in the eye of the beholder, always provoking thought, conversation and strong emotions.”
“I would like people to fee something significant when viewing my work and my goal is to incorporate how the use of color and form affect human emotion,” says the artist.
The public will be able to view Larisa’s acrylics and watercolors at Second Story Gallery, 625 NE Fourth Ave., Camas. The show is open during regular library hours.
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