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Alexandra Cook, Newtown, Powys, United Kingdom
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I am a dreamer. I like creating figurative story-telling works reminding illustrations from books never written or still images from non-existing films. I enjoy painting lanscapes, still life, portraits, animals and abstract pictures. Even if I am inspired originally by trees in a local park I like to bring them to life as colorful glimpses of other worlds existing only in my imagination. I like playing with wide range of media (soft & oil pastels, acrylic, oil, pen and ink, pencils, digital, photography, textile) and their combination. My Web Site: http://sites.google.com/site/linandara/

I was born in Moscow, Russia. Always fascinated by the concept of mysterious lands, real and imaginary, separated from us by immense distance in space or time, I developed interest in science, ancient cultures, ethnography, art of imagination, science fiction and fantasy literature. Following a science career I graduated from Geographical Department of Moscow State University. For the next six years I have been working as a young scientist in the Laboratory of the Comparative Planetology in the Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry, Moscow. I had a number of publications in Russian and English and participated in conferences in Moscow and Houston. As a result of this work I defended a dissertation about dunes and channels of Mars. I also traveled Earth widely making use of her sketch book and camera. I have been drawing and painting since childhood. I have been taking private lessons and attending workshops in Russia, USA and UK. Working in the planetary science gave me knowledge about landscapes of different planets as well as experience with software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. All this is proving to be very useful for an artist. In 2003 me, my husband and children settled in England. Here I have been participating in many art exhibitions and earned nine awards (including W.S.Holbrook first prize), and I also had three personal shows. Living in the Midlands, I belonged to the Nottingham Society of Artists and Long Eaton and District Art Club. In 2007 we have moved to picturesque Newtown in Wales. Several of my artworks has been published in a Russian newspaper and an American magazine, many are in private collections in Russia, Norway, Italy, Ireland, France, Romania, USA, UK, Switzerland and other countries. I am working hard on constantly improving my work inspired by best in present and past of the art world.
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