Painting on birch bark by Kristina Petrova
Painting on birch bark by Kristina Petrova – her native Karelian landscapes with mountains, rivers and coniferous trees. Kristina Vyacheslavovna Petrova was born in the city of Olonets of Karelian republic of Russia. In 1988 Kristina finished art school, and became engaged in painting. Her favorite technique – oil painting, and she also enjoys painting on birch bark. Kristina Petrova is a permanent participant of city and republican exhibitions. Karelian artist Kristina Petrova lives and works in Olonets.
Painting on birch bark has been known in Russia since the XV century, but today few artists engaged in this genre of art. Nature “paints” the bark in its sole discretion, decorating with bizarre excrescences, curls and combinations of strokes. While creating a picture it’s important not to disturb the harmony of the natural pattern. Topics of work – rich nature, genre scenes, the Orthodox subjects. The birch has long been revered as a symbol of Russia and the soul of the Russian people.