Art Figures Studio
Janie Darovskikh is a figurative artist who works in a variety of mediums including watercolors, oils, mixed media and traditional sculpting methods such as stone, carving, clay and wax modeling, plaster and bronze casting. She is the recipient of two Fulbright Grants, the Suomalainen Perustus Grant, the Norwegian Marshall Award for sculpture, support from the New York Foundation of the Arts and numerous other awards for artistic achievement. The artist exhibits in the United States and internationally.
Janie is passionate about Nordic mythology, cultural exchange and her belief in art as an international language and vehicle capable of crossing religious, cultural and geographical borders. A native of Upstate New York, her pursuit of art has taken her to Kulusuk, Greenland; the Ural Mountains of Russia; Yangshuo, South China; and to Sweden, Lithuania and Latvia. She has lived and worked as an artist in residence in Oslo Norway; Akureyri, Iceland; Tallinn, Estonia; and Helsinki, Finland.
Janie is the founder of ANAA -- the American Nordic Artist’s Association, a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting international understanding through artistic exchanges.
Darovskikh has taught children and adult art with a goal to unlock each student’s creativity and greatness through their own artistic journey.
“Janie Darovskikh does exceptional work with movement in all her pieces and enables the viewer to feel a special quality that few artists ever achieve. Her work pulls you closer to the truth and the natural spirit of art. Janie rings inspiration to her students and to those who experience her art around the world. “ – Charlene Becker Barrett. Lotus Seed Gallery, Santa Fe NM
“Darovskikh’s bronzes beautifully record figures at rest and in motion.” – Seattle Times
“In the elegantly sculpted Swan Neck Lara, Darovskikh portrays a seated nude with a beautiful bend to her neck and gentle tilt to her head. The figure gazes demurely, creating an aura of intimate reflection. Darovskikh strikes a similar tone in Larissa: Pensive and the outstanding two piece work titled Larissa: Portrait of a Russian Estonian Woman. These pieces recall the style and tone of the Degas’ small bronzes of ballerinas and bathers.”–Katherine Rushworth. Excerpt from Stars Magazine, Syracuse Post Standard NY.