In order to capture the depth of an enchanting river niche or an idyllic landscape, the Russian artist Anastasia Trusova works in what she calls “textured graphic impressionism,” a unique style that expresses emotion through detail and volume. She uses a combination of palette knives and brushes to skillfully layer acrylic paints into dreamy scenes: heavy impasto forms lush foliage, sinuous lines form thick clouds, and a series of smaller blobs become fields of wildflowers. “I don’t think about the rules. I paint how I feel. I add volume to make something stand out and emphasize or to show something in more detail, ”she says.
Trusova’s use of color is bold and often bright, and she tends to reach for a kaleidoscopic palette that makes sunsets or the reflection of a river look fantastic. These aesthetic choices are a direct result of her studies both at Moscow Artscool and later at Moscow State Textile University, where she learned the physics of color and the effects of certain uses and contexts on perception. “The same shade of red looks different, for example, when it is surrounded by light green or dark blue. There we broadened our horizons and helped us fall in love with the most incredible combinations, ”says the artist, who lives in Belgium.
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