Russian Artist Tatyana Igumnova Hankinson was born in the former Soviet Union. Tatyana studied seven years and graduated from the Kubyshev Art School in Tashkent, Uzbekistan majoring in Drawing and Fine Art. She worked as a poster artist and had personal exhibits in the Soviet Union.
Tatyana moved to United States in 2002. With a number of exhibitions behind her she became full time artist and art tutor. Living in Tampa, Florida she was the President of Tampa Regional Artists in 2011, 2012 and a signature member of the Pastel Society of Tampa Bay. In 2010, she got a grant from Hillsborough County to paint 20-25 paintings of architectural and memorable places in Tampa area.
Tatyana moved to Huntsville, AL in 2012 and became a member of the Alabama Watercolor Society. Tatyana was awarded “Best of Show” at “Panoply Arts Market” art show 2013 as a mixed media artist. May 2013 Tatyana has been elected a juried Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA)
Tatyana works as an art instructor for children and adults at Redstone Arsenal, teaching drawing, oil and acrylic art classes, she also teaches art classes at Hobby Lobby stores and have private classes.
I was born in the former Soviet Republic which is now the country of Uzbekistan. If you picture the small country North of Afghanistan, South of Kazakhstan and West of China, it is there. I was three years old when I start drawing. My parents brought me to the Art School as soon as I was old enough. It was the only Art School in the city where you have to pay for the classes. Five dollars per month for classes four times per week was a lot of money. The teachers taught us the basics in art and a desire to challenge yourself all the time.
After I moved to United States in 2002 I finally got the opportunity to do what I always wanted to do, to create. A lot of my paintings are of different places around the world.
I paint what touches me, what I fall in love with. I work in oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor because I see future paintings in different media depending on what I am going to paint. I see New York as watercolor, and beautiful Aspen in oil. If you look at my art you will see how much I like what I am doing. I hope you will fall in love with my subjects also!