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She is Anna Tsvell


You would never imagine that only seven years ago, Russian artist Anna Tsvell began her full-time artistic journey with just a handful of basic drawing skills! Something that has absolutely served her well in allowing her to grow and learn through her own journey without prejudice. I love it when I come across artwork completely outside of the square, and I was instantly enraptured by Anna’s uninhibited colour and lines, forming brilliant anatomical forms and portraits with such sombre, organic expression.




First and Foremost



Tell us a little about your background. When were you born? Where did you grow up? Did art play a significant role in your childhood?

I was born and grew up in Volgograd, the city at the South of Russia. Yes I always like to draw in my childhood, my parents still have lots lots of my child drawings. I even went to a drawing classes when I was about 10 years old but I quited it after a month of visiting it because I was bored to draw apples and vases.



Did you delve straight into the world of art after high school or did you come to it later in your life? In either case, what exactly inspired you to pursue art as a career?

I decided to quit my "normal' job and to be a full time artist quite late, I was already 30 years old and it was one of the best decisions in my life. I was tired of work I didn't want to do and thought that I may try to draw and paint more and more and to see how it would turn. My husband supported me and that's how I became a full time artist.





The Nitty-Gritty


Which tools and mediums do you use and or prefer? Do you have a set process for creating your work?

I am working with watercolors, ink and acrylic on paper and canvases. Watercolors + ink is my favorite combination so far while painting portraits and abstract works both. I don't have any set process but I am always starting with the eyes while painting portraits.



What is your art in relation to your heart? Tell us your why. What does it all mean to you?

I am working with watercolors, ink and acrylic on paper and canvases. Watercolors + ink is my favorite combination so far while painting portraits and abstract works both. I don't have any set process but I am always starting with the eyes while painting portraits.


What are your thoughts on where your art began, to what it has now become?

When I was started my art career 7 years ago I knew absolutely nothing about it. I had some drawing skills but they were quite basic, I was learning to draw and paint by myself. I also knew nothing about art business or art materials, I was trying to find my own personal style. It was a long way full of doubts and frustrations, wins and happy moments. And here I am now, I am a professional artist, I am an expert, my works are in private collections all over the world, I have lots of publications and collaborations, I took a part in numerous exhibitions in US, Europe and UK. But I still think that I am at the beginning of my way.





Five For Fun


If you could only wear one colour ever again, what what you be? Why?

Black of course, my favorite color :) 95% of my clothes are black.



What is something which you possess that you would never sell or give away, ever? Why?

I have a number of my paintings which I don't plan to sell just because they are very personal and valuable for me.



In a garden of all of the flowers, which one would you choose? Why?

Strelitzia 'Bird of Paradise' - my favorite flower because it is so surrealistic and it grows in California, one of my favorite places in the earth.



If you were a paint brush, how would you describe yourself?

Flat brush with a long black varnished handle.



What is one talent you have outside of being an artist?

I can enjoy the life and see beauty in the dark - quite a rare talent nowadays ;)





Before You Go...


Anything you would like to add? What is up next for you that we should look out for?

Besides painting I love to take black and white photos and to embroider intuitive abstract brooches.



Where can we find you?


What is one pro-tip lesson you have learned from your past as an artist?

Practice is everything! There is no future for the artist without practicing the skills every day.



What is your one boss-tip for all women to be true to themselves and live their best lives?

Be brave to be yourself. even if you and everybody around you think that you'll be failed, but you feel you NEED to do it anyway - do it. Just like me 7 years ago when decided to be a full time artist!







She is Art.

Be Bold. Be Sexy. Be Fierce.

Tanya x Marie

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