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Behind The Canvas

usband-and-wife art team Michael and Inessa Garmash get the inspiration for their paintings from two great loves: their love for each other, and their love for travel.

The couple, who have been married 15 years and have a 14- year-old daughter, Polina, travel together at least four to five times a year. Their adventures have taken them around the world, through much of Europe and the United States. Most recently, the pair traveled to Napa, Calif., with Michael Young, president and CEO of Collectors Editions, and Tim Dickson, owner and co-founder of Eclipse Workshop.

“New impressions always help to create new ideas,” Michael explains. “Our trip to Napa enriched us with impressions of multi-colored vineyards. Fall is beautiful there, and we hope to see how the landscape and light changes during the other seasons.”

Several of the Russian couple’s romantic impressionist paintings have been inspired by their tandem travels. “Winter in Paris” was born as a way to capture the spirit of their trip to Paris at Christmastime. A different trip to Key West, Fla., sparked a series of paintings featuring the night port there.

When they’re not trekking around the globe, Michael and Inessa reside in St. Petersburg, Russia, where they first met at a bus station. (Michael is a graduate of

the St. Petersburg Academy of Art, and Inessa is a graduate of the Lugansk Fine Art School in Ukraine.)

They began their painting partnership three years into their marriage, when Michael began a painting of Polina, then 2, for a project at school. But when the toddler found the painting and painted her own version, Inessa quietly fixed it

herself. Michael was told it was “his best work ever,” and he and Inessa have painted together ever since.

They begin each painting by working on separate images, but in the process they discuss the work and sometimes switch roles. After several exchanges, the two “I’s” blend into a “we.”

Two things are absolutely necessary for our work—to paint under natural light and to trust each other in the creative process. We often argue during the process, but we always come to a mutual agreement. We enjoy working together enormously.

- Inessa Garmash

Winter in Paris

“Winter in Paris”
Hand-embellished Giclee on hand-textured canvas

Dimensions: 20" x 30" Edition of 50

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