"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." - Vincent Van Gogh

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Artistic inspiration... Michael and Inessa Garmash

This couple takes "musing" to a whole new level. Many of you know that I love to speak about "muses" how couples have inspired art through the ages. The story goes like this... boy artist meets girl artist, boy artist is inspired more deeply to paint, girl artist stands strong in the background behind her man. Once in a while girl artist gets the kudos because her talent shines. Michael and Inessa have joined forces to paint together!

Michael and Inessa are both extremely gifted people. Michael Garmash was born in 1969 in the Ukraine and became an art teacher at Lugansk State Fine Art College where he was also valedictorian. 

Inessa Kitaichik was born in 1972 in Lipetsk, russia and excelled in ballet, music and gymnastics. She later entered Lugansk Fine Art school.

Here's where the story gets interesting..... Inessa and Michael met at a bus stop on campus one day. The next day Inessa awoke to find her portrait painted ALL over town, around the staircase of her apartment building, on her building and her road. The police arrested Michael but he was later released! Ah... true love....

Quite a few years into their marriage Michael painted a portrait of his daughter. Their little girl decided to get into the act and altered her father's painting. Inessa "fixed" it, not telling Michael. When Michael submitted it, he was told it was one of his best paintings. Together now they are a husband and wife painting team.

Artistic synergy at it's best!

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