Favorite movie: I love Spirited Away. It's beautifully drawn, imaginative, whimsical, sad, funny, and uplifting – all at the same time.
First movie she watched through Netflix: Madagascar
Go-to movie snack: Hot chocolate
Actor that always makes her LOL: Mel Brooks
Guilty pleasure TV show: Sex and the City
As a child in the Soviet Union, I was in daycare at the age of three while my parents worked. We had daily drawing sessions, and this is my first recollection of the discovery of my passion for art.
I was not able to always pursue this passion directly – I trained as an architect in Russia and worked many years in the field. It was only after living for nearly a decade in the United States that I was able to pursue my art full-time. This was a little over a year ago.
I enjoy working with acrylics on canvas, mostly for its versatility, but my illustration work is a combination of pen and ink and digital rendering. I also work in oils and watercolors and dabble a bit in sculpture.
My favorite artists are Ivan Bilibin, Alphonse Mucha, and Aubrey Beardsley. I am particularly fond of Bilibin's illustrations for Russian Fairy Tales, Beardsley's "The Peacock Skirt," and Mucha's "The Four Seasons".
A recent DVD that I highly recommend is The Wind Rises from Studio Ghibli. It is a wonderfully animated story about how beautiful things are corrupted; in this case, the aircraft designs of Jiro Horikoshi are used as weapons of war.
Here are some of Ksenia's favorite selections of artwork from her own portfolio. You can see more at her website at www.tummyrubb.com.