I was interested in wildlife since my early childhood — my parents provided me with subscription for the “Young Naturalist” and “Young Artist” magazines, and I studied them very carefully. To me, depiction of animals represents infinity, a whole world of tails, claws, scents, skin, and sounds. I do not limit myself with any laws, on the contrary — I want to create compositions that are funny, strange, to sharpen them up to the extreme level. For instance, I introduce the environment in such a way that the character — a leopard or a bear — finds itself to be a small detail of big nature, turns out to be a part of it. I move from relief to three-dimensional sculpture and back; looking for something new, I experiment in a reckless manner. In my drawings of animals, I strive for accuracy in order to convey the smell of an animal, to show its rustling using strokes and lines.
Nature is infinite, endless, beautiful, and it is a great happiness for me to admire it, to be able to touch it as an artist. In some of my animalistic sculptures I depict the passion of struggle, the eternal balance of nature (“Moose and Herd”, “Hunting Lions”, and others), in other compositions — warmth and motherhood (“The Big Dipper”, “A Family of Leopards”, “The Vast Expanses of the North”, and etc), other times I try to show the harmony of nature and man, and I want to do it in a particularly touching way (“Warm Ocean”, “Boy with an Eagle”, “Secrets of the Seas”).
It is very interesting to try to depict clouds, reflections in the water, trees, speed, silence, and other natural and psycological states in sculpture.
Since sculpture and drawing coexist inside me side by side, many sculptural compositions, being filled with lines, acquire features of drawings, becoming a kind of three-dimensional drawings or sculptures inside drawings. Eventually, I saw it as something new and I am now trying to further develop my research.
This creative motion emerges moving from one work to another, new compositional solutions appear, sometimes these are unexpected even for myself; and what fascinates me the most at this stage is the very process of creation of new states: it generates creative tasks, which occupy my whole existence as I try to solve them.