Anna Katalkina was born and grew up in St. Petersburg. Since 1992, she has lived in London, Birmingham Alabama, Washington D.C. and spent much time in Paris.
She studied painting and drawing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, at the Corcoran College at Art and Design, and the Maroger method with Robert H. White (1921-2008, the original apprentice to Jacques Maroger). Anna is using a classical painting approach, called “the indirect method.” This approach involves a monochromatic underpainting, covered with subsequent layers of glazing. The paint is allowed to dry between each layer. The layers mix optically and create a translucent effect not easily achieved by using opaque paint. Building up the glazing helps to reflect light and create luminosity and depth. This method of painting takes time and patience, as layers are built up gradually and drying time can take days and even weeks. Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, and Vermeer are some painters who used this method.
Anna also holds a BA in French Language and Culture (Herzen University in St. Petersburg/University of Alabama at Birmingham) and a MALS in Cultural Diplomacy (Georgetown University).
Anna is a member of Touchstone Gallery in Washington, D.C. She regularly exhibits in the D.C. area, Annapolis Circle Gallery, and has shown her work in juried shows in Paris and New York State. For more information, please visit www.annakatalkina.com.