Painting the World with Beauty and Passion
The famous Russian writer Lev (Leo) Tolstoy once said, "The foundation of human happiness is the freedom to be with nature, to see it and speak with it." Artist Vladimir Ribatchok is living proof of that sentiment. As a child growing up in a small town in the Ukraine, Vladimir eagerly took every chance to escape the routine life of the orphanage where he lived, to reconnect with his natural rural surroundings. Roaming for days on end in the vast expanses of fields and forests, he loved the absolute freedom of being immersed in nature, as if he were one with it. After a few days of going missing on one of these adventures, it wasn't uncommon for Vladimir to be found by the police and returned back to his home.
previous spread, Sunset in Red, oil on canvas, 44" x 56" above, Glory of Autumn, oil on canvas, 40" x 48"