Valentin Kashtelyan, Tucson Member Since July 2011 Artist Statement Most of my professional life I worked as medical doctor, treating patients and teaching students. I started drawing when I was at medical school and I think that I was quite successful- one of my first albums was immediately stolen. I resumed drawing several years ago, but the trigger for this was twelve years ago when in my dream I saw a beautiful sunrise in the mountains...Plus, approval of my way in art by Lou Maestas, one of the greatest artists in US, whom I am admiring. Plus, I would like to say words of thankfulness to my teachers Christina MacNearney and Matthias Duwel. I have graduated from courses of drawing and oil painting at Pima Community College. My interests are in oil, acrylics, pencils, charcoal. I am trying at this time broad spectrum in painting, including portraits, landscapes, figurative art, and surrealistic topics.