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A luscious palette of colors. Brushwork that appeals to the senses. The evoking of a mood. The creation of a portrait of a person or an animal is a complicated artistic process that thrills me each and every time I paint or draw. I have been creating paintings and drawings in oil, acrylic, pencil, conté crayon and colored pencil on an intimate scale for many years.

After earning a BFA in Painting at Boston University and an MFA in Painting at American University, I went on to careers in the fine arts, teaching, and graphic arts. As a fine artist I received a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and won awards in juried exhibitions in California. In 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014 I received awards at the Annual Madison Art Guild Exhibitions. I was invited to participate in the Hospice Mask-er-Aid, a Madison tradition. In addition to producing commissioned and personal oil and acrylic paintings, I have worked as a courtroom artist for television stations in Minneapolis and St. Paul and have produced a variety of commercial pieces for small businesses as a freelance artist. Currently I am a member of Madison Art Guild as well as Wisconsin Visual Artists (formerly Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors).

I welcome commissions for portraits and may be reached by calling 608-288-8015 or e-mailing vnikiforov2001@yahoo.com. When e-mailing please use "Portrait Commission Inquiry" in the subject line.