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I always believed that women can do "big art" not just crafts, and all my life I tried to prove it.
I started to paint for my high school theater at age 16. We traveled across Russia with plays, trying to bring the arts to remote areas. We were very young, 16-18 years old, and we saw interest and great appreciation for what we were doing from hard working people, collective farm workers and their families. The great impact that had on me combined with the beauty of nature pushed me to study art professionally and become an artist. My father, a professional artist, helped me on this journey.
I graduated in 1985 from the Art Academy in Moscow, Russia with a Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Art. Besides numerous exhibits I also participated in church restoration in Moscow, being the only woman on the team.
I emigrated to the United States in 1990 for political reasons with my husband Vladimir (also an artist) and my 3 children. By 1993 I had my art in galleries across the USA, and began teaching classes and workshops.
Marina started 24 hour painting marathons in 2015 to benefit her local community. In May 2015 a 24 hour painting marathon was held to benefit the Bonneville Humane Society, The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, and PETA! The second marathon was in June 2015 to benefit The Haven Shelter, a domestic violence center and shelter for women with kids. In July 2015 Marina painted at 3 hour events to benefit the Idaho Falls Zoo, and in October 2015 to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Marina also perform painting demonstrations at local schools free of charge. With smashing success!!
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