I was born and raised in Moscow, Russia and worked at the
University of Moscow as a research physicist studying the Northern Lights. In
the mid-1990′s I won a US government lottery and immigrated to this country. I
now reside with my husband in the Cascade Mountains near the British Columbia
Although I studied classical drawing and art history
at the University of Moscow and took numerous art classes at the studio of my
uncle, Michael Kazansky, a noted Moscow painter, I am mostly self-taught
artist. I started doing photography at early age inspired by my father Boris
Kazansky who was also a physicist and an enthusiast of photography.
For a number of years I could not focus on art as I
was busy adjusting to a new country and raising children. However, recently I
have renewed my commitment to art pursuing painting and photography full time.
My husband often helps me with names of my artwork (if you see funny name on painting - it's his idea) - he is a musician and songwriter: Charles Bates