Anya Droug was born in Kazakstan, the former USSR. There she began painting at the age of ten, when she attended an after hours program at a local art school. Anya was then able to paint every afternoon for four years. This is where it all started; the desire and enjoyment that was to be found when painting things that happen around you- quickly and spontaneously.
She received her Masters of Commercial Arts and Interior Design from Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts and Industry after studying fine art in university. After working as a graphic artist and interior designer for several years she decided to make painting her full-time profession.
Her art is deeply influenced by her earlier career choices, and architecture frequently becomes the subject matter for her paintings. Art deco and art nouveau frequently make their way into her imagery. Anya has painted iconic monuments in Europe as well as mysterious tunnels and staircases. She feels that buildings have energy. “They exist on their own and have a personality. I would never put people in front of them.”
Anya keeps her camera nearby and uses her photography as a starting point. She may spend hours working on an image, experimenting with the composition on her computer before she begins painting.
The first two or three layers of a painting are applied with diluted oil paint. Although she works in oils she uses many watercolour techniques in her work. Areas of the background often include drips of white gesso to add texture. The last stages are painted with pure oil. Her palette is made up of warm earth tones. She deliberately leaves some areas hazy and tries not to overwork the brushwork. In this way she leaves room for the interpretation in the viewer’s mind.