“Art is a vehicle to inspire emotion and awe, to make one feel more alive and celebrate one’s humanity. Creating art is my way of connecting with the world around me and appreciating the beauty within it. Capturing and sharing the beauty that abounds and eliciting an emotional response within another soul are what sustain me as an artist.” -Xenia
As a contemporary realist painter, Xenia is inspired by strong contrasts found in the interplay of light and shadow, vivid colors and dramatic shapes as well as in the juxtaposition of natural and human elements. She finds inspiration in a broad range of subjects, from a single flower to a vast landscape, each providing a sense of pleasure, excitement, peace or wonder. Using pastel painting as her primary art form and painting both in the studio and “en plein air”, Xenia captures the inherent beauty of her subject and gives it life on a two dimensional surface. She participates in various group and solo shows and has been juried into prestigious exhibitions, including the Pastel Society of Colorado’s (PSC) Annual Mile High International Pastel Exhibition and the Plein Air Artists of Colorado’s (PAAC) National Juried Exhibition, and has garnered awards for her paintings. When not painting, Xenia finds enjoyment in making one of a kind beaded jewelry, often inspired by her paintings.
Painting, Pastel, Jewelry