Paint­ing the World with Beauty and Pas­sion

Arabella - - NEWS - De­bra Usher

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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"

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