Description A beautiful sunny day at Fort Ross, California. Fort Ross, originally Fortress Ross is a former Russian establishment on the west coast of North America in what is now Sonoma County, California, in the United States. It was the hub of the southernmost Russian settlements in North America between 1812 to 1842. It has been the subject of archaeological investigation and is a California Historical Landmark, a National Historic Landmark, and on the National Register of Historic Places. Nowadays, Fort Ross is a part of California State Historic Park.Fort Ross is a landmark in the history of European imperialism. The Spanish expansion went west across the Atlantic Ocean, and the Russian expansion went east across Siberia and the Pacific Ocean. In the early nineteenth century, the two waves of expansion met on the opposite side of the world along the Pacific Coast of California, with Russia arriving from the north and Spain from the south. The United States of America arrived in 1846 from the east.
Irina Sztukowski, San Francisco Bay Area Member Since September 2010 Artist Statement About The Artist Irina is award winning artist and illustrator. She is a proud member of AWS (American Watercolor Society) and a Life Member of TWSA (Transparent Watercolor Society of America). In 2013 Irina served as the director of the Outreach Program for CWA (California Watercolor Association). Her art has been published in Best Of Artists - Watermedia - Volume II, Somatic Psychology magazine, Spirit Seeker magazine, and People magazine online. Her illustrated sketchbooks Travel With Me, Down My Street, and Travelogy are in Brooklyn Public Library, NY. She won her first award at age 15 during the Junior Art Show in St. Petersburg, Russia. Since then, she has been recognized by numerous organizations and galleries. In 2012, Irina became an American Art Award Winner in Realism category. Her passion is painting with watercolors, her main style is contemporary realism and yet the abstract paintings are not left behind. Most of her original paintings are in private collections throughout the world. To name a few locations, besides the U.S., her artworks are presented in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Netherlands, Russia, and Spain. Before coming to the US, she studied art in the St.Petersburg Academy of Art, the Art-Industrial College in St. Petersburg, Russia. She received Bachelor of Arts from The Academy of Culture. While in Russia she was a successful artist selling her works. She continued her journey through the art world after coming to the U.S., resulting in her exploring the creative process. Even though Irina is an accomplished artist she never stops learning as much as she can about the arts. As the result of that eagerness she earned Fine Art degree while in America. These days, Irina Sztukowski continues showing her paintings in local galleries, in the galleries throughout the U.S. and business offices. Her website is http://www.IrinaSztukowski.com/ Her Art Diary is at http://www.irinasztukowski.blogspot.com/