“My career started when I was 6 years old, and I was placed in art school,” tells us artist Deana Evstefeeva from her home in Louisiana as we began our interview. “I am told that pencils and crayons were the only things that would settle me down, and I would draw on the walls of the house if I ran out of space.” Born in Russia, Deana attended Khabarovsk Art School for Children, and as an adult, continued to study at the Khabarovsk Regional College of Arts in Russia. Deana has been part of numerous exhibitions in Russia and has been commissioned to paint by clients in Australia and many countries. She now continues her work here in the United States where she has a growing presence in the art community.
As we continue our interview, we discuss her inspiration and motivation for her work. “Motivation comes easily to me because art is an integral part of who I am; as a limb is to the body,” she tells us. “My interest is never ending because ideas will always flow into my mind.” Deana is inspired by the emotions her paintings raise on those looking at them. “I want to touch people’s lives positively and remind them that there is a real beauty in the world as life can be a journey of both happiness and pain.”
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