Galina Khabarova is a contemporary abstract artist who lives and works in Stavropol, Russia. Her favorite technique is “rubbing” paint strokes into a dense multi-layer film, creating a complex colorful pattern that gives the finished painting a multi-dimensional depth and saturation, rhythm and direction. It makes the paint “glow” and the viewer’s eye unconsciously feels movement. A favorite working tool is an ordinary plastic card that has sufficient and necessary size and flexibility. The artist also uses many other tools, both traditional (palette knife, brush) and unusual (pancake spreader).
Galina about her artistic method:
"When I start my work, I mentally return to a moment of the past, real or imaginary, when I experienced certain emotions. When I relive it within myself, I work on transfering these emotions to the surface of the canvas. This process is akin to meditation, when emotional images splash out on the painting, as if without my conscious participation. A paint stroke is a reflection of a certain feeling. As emotions quickly replace each other, so do paint strokes overlap each other in the process of my work. Starting with some colors and shades, I can finish the work with completely different ones, covering and overlapping each layer many times. But, like the emotions experienced, each stroke leaves its mark on the surface, forming a unique texture."