Hi! I’m Katiya Che. I’m an artist from Novosibirsk, Russia (follow me on Instagram and Facebook!). My city is in Western Siberia and we have long and snowy winters. That’s the reason why after getting tired, creativity-wise, of greyish-white landscapes I love creating bright and joyful pictures.
I started my painting life back in 2004, at the age of 20. My first teacher trained me to paint classic landscapes and taught me to see the world through the eyes of an artist and to love the process with all my heart.
The first materials I had consisted of basic works such as pencil and watercolour pictures. A few years later I started using oil paints, and stopped using watercolours. At that point, I felt that true paintings should be created in oil.
My higher education didn’t have anything to do with creative work but I’ve always had a dream to become a designer. Three years passed and that dream of mine came true as I ended up becoming a furniture designer. For quite a long time, I did both my main job and painting but since I taken up some other hobbies such as yoga, travelling, learning English, and charity activities in orphanages, it didn’t make it possible to devote much time to painting. These other things also demanded a considerable amount of time.
As a rule on my holidays, I did my best to make some sketches and notes and to take plenty of photos which I could later use. On the road, I prefer using a Moleskine sketchbook, a small set of watercolors “Saint Petersburg”, Prizmacolor crayons, liners, a white gel pen, some Ikea brushes.
When I’m traveling I always visit galleries and any other art museums. I’ve been to galleries of New York, San Francisco, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, New Delhi, Istanbul, Lahaina, Tashkent, Da Lat, Marrakech.
In 2012, I came back to study at the art studio for the weekends. I had quite an intense schedule at that time, since I was working a lot from Monday to Friday and spent all my weekend painting. At the new studio, I was focusing on chromatics and composition.
I found out I was pregnant when I was travelling in Morocco in September 2015. Obviously, when I came back home, I worked less and focused on family. That was the period when there was some spare time to return to watercolours again.
I started a separate Instagram account for my creative works. These days there are so many great artists all around the globe who share their works on Instagram. And that’s fantastic. You can keep track of the works by this artist, far away in the US, or that illustrator, in Japan, and get updates about where some Russian artist is currently travelling and which sketches he’s making. The borders between countries have become so vague, therefore we can see the world through the eyes of various artists, which is so inspiring.
Along with that, media and technology have made it possible to study online with many well-known watercolour masters from around the world. This is what I’m doing a lot. My motto now is to study every time and everywhere and to paint as often as possible.
I’m a mummy in the daytime and an artist at night when my family is sleeping. Women of my country have a big priority, as according to the law, we can take a paid leave to look after a baby. I’m using this free time to develop myself as a watercolour artist.
So I started my artistic life from watercolours and after a while having tried numerous technics came back to my roots in watercolors.
I see watercolours as an explosion of light, a beauty of hue gradients, and the spontaneity of colorful splashes. It’s hard to use watercolours but the result you get is worth it. I’m determined to master this technique.