Henry and Toffee © Svetlana Cameron
Bio : Russian-born artist Svetlana Cameron is a classically trained figurative artist. She studied foreign languages and after gaining a MA in linguistics worked as a translator and interpreter in Moscow. Svetlana got interested in painting while working with foreign visitors at leading national museums, which included the Kremlin, the Tretyakov Art Gallery and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Art, which stimulated her interest in studying Old Masters' techniques.She started drawing and painting, and, after moving to Malta in 2002, decided to use the change in circumstances to study to become a professional artist. The training she received in the following years included academic drawing and painting courses in two traditional ateliers - Jason Lu Studio in Malta and the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, followed by a portrait drawing course at thePrince's Drawing School in London. In 2005 the artist and her family moved to the Isle of Man where she now lives and works out of her studio in Braddan. She has specialised in commissioned portraits, both in pastel and in oil, since 2004.
For portrait drawings Svetlana has developed her own mixed-media technique which won accolades in many international competitions in Great Britain, USA and Russia.
Svetlana's portraits of Speakers of the Isle of Man Parliament are included in the UK National Collection of Oil Paintings and are featured on the BBC Your Paintings website.
In 2013 Svetlana Cameron became a member of the Society of Graphic Fine Art (UK), the British national drawing society with just over 100 members elected on merit.
In 2015, she was featured in 40 Maîtres du PASTEL published by Pratique des Arts magazine; in the same year she was a winner in the Strokes of Genius international drawing competition, and won 1st Place Award in the Portrait Drawing category, Russian Art Week in Great Britain.
In 2016 she was accepted in the Art Renewal Center Museum as an ARC Associate Living Master. You can visit her gallery on the ARC website where you can zoom in and view high resolution images of her works in oil.
Medium: Pastel, oil.
Style: Classical realism
Technique: For works on paper Svetlana uses the "3-colour technique": the combination of charcoal and red and white conte on toned paper, with occasional use of pastel for colour accents. The images are slowly and meticulously built up in layers of translucent veils of colour, resulting in delicate life-like skin tones particularly suited for portraying children.
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Gallery: Oil portraits; Pastel And Conté Portraits; Other Works
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