Florida could not be more different from Natalia Andreeva’s homeland. Born, raised, and classically trained as an artist in Siberia, Andreeva made her way to the sunshine state twenty years ago. She relishes its balmy climate, stunning landscapes, and colorful characters.
“This is a land of palms, marshes, sandy beaches, mysterious live oaks covered with Spanish moss and natural springs. The variety of scenery is unbelievable: from deep woods and canopy roads to dunes and seascapes. The sky and clouds are majestic and never the same. Those crazy squirrels, buzzing bugs, slithering lizards and snakes, soaring birds, roaring alligators and friendly people, all create an unforgettable experience,” she said.
In this exhibition, Andreeva presents more than 30 of her paintings which capture the unique essence of our state and the quirky, charming, and expressive exuberance it contains. Often painting “en plein air,” Andreeva sets up an outdoor studio on location and completes her artworks with little or no editing later. Plein air painting delivers a unique style and records the day’s unfolding and changing light. It’s a technique that requires an essential spontaneity from the artist.
Among Andreeva’s favorite themes are exquisite landscapes, seascapes, and skyscapes depicting the subtlety of nature. She also has an uncanny ability to capture an individual’s personality as well as their likeness. The portraits she creates are brimming with humanity and give testament to the beauty of the human condition. All of these works exist in perfect harmony, showcasing the splendor and spirit of this land that lies under the Florida sun.
The exhibition continues through January 8, 2018 and is one of many rotating exhibitions curated by the Council on Culture & Arts on behalf of the City of Tallahassee as part of the Art in Public Places program.