My passion is to experience the outdoors via surfing, climbing, hiking, and other adventures, and my inspiration comes from moments of connection to my surroundings - the life, the colors, the energy. I translate these moments into paintings that are true to their subjects, yet enhanced with an expression of my personality - using vibrant colors and flowing lines. As they progress, the paintings evolve with intuitive and intentional brushstrokes. I believe that nature has the ability to teach us many life lessons if we allow it. The oceans, rocks, and trees are symbolic, and the animals we share the world with are much like us. The blank canvas is a tool to share my thoughts and opinions on what is important, what is worth protecting, and to capture the magic of a certain moment or place.
Anastasiya Bachmanova was raised in St. Petersburg, Russia and Philadelphia, PA before taking on studies at California State University of Monterey Bay. In 2013 she received a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Studies, specializing in a combination of environmental science and fine art. Soon afterwards she established “Follow the Sun”, her creative undertaking which aims to share a message of conservation with the community. She currently resides in Santa Cruz, CA, where she balances her life as a new mom while creating art and running her business from home.