From the Editor
Our features in #38 go their own ways. Last October I got an invitation: "After many years in a private collection in Germany, eighteen historic paintings and drawings by Tatyana Apraksina were recently returned as a gift." The paintings were done in Russia. The exotic note drew me in and I went to [more]
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Apraksina writes, "I rarely paint portraits." Not that she is averse, but as she clarifies, "my art gains its drive from subjects" and it's the ones she is drawn to whose mature life philosophy and moral ideals hold some special appeal. Here she shares the story of painting the portrait of Russian composer A.L. Lokshin. The experience remains, as she writes, "like nothing else I've ever encountered."
About the beginnings of her long career in photography Linda Connor says, "When you find something you're good at, you latch on." Happy to admit the technical side didn't come easily she says her photography teacher at RISD, Harry Callahan, "used to shake his head." But eventually, as she says in an understatement, "I got relatively good." Not a fan of talking about herself, this iconic artist and longtime teacher at the San Francisco Art Institute shares freely in this thoughtful interview.