We caught up with the lovely and inspiring Anastasiya Bachmanova, an artist living in Moss Landing, California. She was raised in St. Petersburg, Russia and Philadelphia, PA before taking on studies at California State University of Monterey Bay. In 2013 she received a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Studies, specializing in a combination of environmental science and fine art. Wow!
Anastasiya creates acrylic paintings of nature and wildlife with a bold and colorful style. She researches scientific concepts and interprets them in a creatively realistic way. The artwork speaks to her love of going out in the sunshine – surfing, fishing, backpacking, etc. The outdoors fuel her creativity. With her art, Anastasiya hopes to influence environmental awareness among her audience, and share her joy for the natural world.
Here are some of her recent works….
This is an original acrylic painting inspired by a foggy Moss Landing, California evening. Stylized waves crash on the shore as Willets sweep in to feed.
This is a 4ftx6ft triptych acrylic on wood painting of an otter diving for food. Sea otters have an incredibly fast metabolism, eating about a quarter of their body weight every day! Along the California coast, otters do not eat fish because they are very difficult to catch. Instead they go for slow moving animals – clams, octopus, crabs, snails, etc. They find these by feeling their way around the rocky reefs of the kelp forests that they live in. This painting highlights those small creatures that the Southern Sea Otters forage for.
This is a 9″x12″ acrylic painting of a breaching humpback whale done on textured linen paper. In this painting I depict a whale’s powerful breach with a design of abstract lines, swirls, and circles to interpret the energy of this motion.
This 8″x8″ acrylic on canvas painting was inspired by harbor seals poking their heads out of the water in the surf. Seals are always curious towards surfers and kayakers – I often encounter them emerging to see what I am up to. I admire their inquisitive, gentle, and playful nature, and wanted to capture how fun these “dogs of the ocean” are.
Thanks for sharing your talent Anastasiya!