Anton Pavlenko

 Anton Pavlenko - Crimson Ascending Anton Pavlenko - Wild Stare Anton Pavlenko - Emerald Copse
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Crimson Ascending
 Anton Pavlenko - Crimson Ascending

48" x 48" Oil on Canvas

Wild Stare
 Anton Pavlenko - Wild Stare

48" x 48" Oil on Canvas

Emerald Copse
 Anton Pavlenko - Emerald Copse

SOLD 48" x 48" Oil on Canvas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“A good painting begins with experience–often outdoors in the elements. I prefer to focus less on capturing a visual snapshot and more on a dynamic observation which employs all my senses. When I paint alone outdoors or in the studio, I try to press into the silence to wake up to what’s actually in front of me. That’s when I can really feel and connect to the subject and express it through my medium.”

I was born in Ukraine (then the former Soviet Union) which is where I have some of my earliest memories of drawing Russian cartoon characters at an early age. For as long as I can remember, even before I learned how to read and write, I was always drawing and feeling good about it.

Before I even started preschool, my family immigrated to the United States. Here I continued to draw and eventually took up painting as a teenager. Though I attended a few art courses later at PNCA in Portland, I still remain mainly a self-taught artist. My family came to the States with little money and couldn't afford to pay for a proper art education to evolve my talent but I did receive lots of support from my dad--he was my biggest fan and only art collector. I can still remember how exciting it was when he'd surprise me with a few second-hand art books he'd purchased on the way home from work or when he'd take me to the pricey art supply stores on the weekends when I knew we could hardly afford anything there. But most of all, I remember the unique way he encouraged me to develop my art skills. Instead of earning an allowance like most kids my age, I earned a couple dollars by selling my drawings and colored sketches to my dad. Once I finished a piece, he would appraise it and offer to pay me what it was worth. So if I wanted to earn more money, all I had to do was work harder at creating a masterpiece that would really impress him! At a young age, I was excited to learn that my artwork had some kind of value.

As I got older, my young ambitions and dreams of becoming a famous artist had started to slip away due to the typical "poor starving artist" talk I received from people giving me honest career advice. So instead of living poorly and having my grandchildren profit from my paintings, I decided to lay my art aside to pursue a 'real' career in business. I attended college for 3 years but never graduated with a degree. Then one day, feeling guilty for burying the artist inside me years ago, I blew the dust off my easel to paint just for good old time's sake and have been steadily doing so ever since.

Today, I live and work in Portland, OR and am inspired to paint by the nature that surrounds me. I enjoy using bold colors, various textures and unique perspectives in my work. A common compliment I hear from my art collectors is that they experience pure joy when looking at my paintings. To me, that's one of the greatest compliments I can receive about my work. It means that my paintings connect with people and find a place in their hearts. Light and color speaks of life--which is exactly what I strive to infuse into my paintings. My goal is to capture the simple beauty of nature on canvas and impart its peace and joy to all who enjoy my art.
As I got older, my young ambitions and dreams of becoming a famous artist had started to slip away due to the typical "poor starving artist" talk I received from people giving me honest career advice. So instead of living poorly and having my grandchildren profit from my paintings, I decided to lay my art aside to pursue a 'real' career in business. I attended college for 3 years but never graduated with a degree. Then one day, feeling guilty for burying the artist inside me years ago, I blew the dust off my easel to paint just for good old time's sake and have been steadily doing so ever since.

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