Born in Russia and currently residing in Washington, DC artist Natasha Mokina is a graduate of the St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts – the oldest and the most respected art school in Russia and maybe the last school still continuing traditional European art education. The main focus of her six year course was on human figure studies. Rigorous classical training and modern concepts create the unique esthetic of Mokina’s paintings. Mokina has been on the faculty of the Corcoran College since 1996, teaching mostly figure and portrait in drawing and painting techniques. During her career Mokina has had numerous exhibitions nationally and abroad. Her paintings are bought by private collectors and by the Russian Ministry of Culture. Publications about her art include articles in The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and Home & Design Magazine. Mokina’s awards include “The Best Young Artist of St. Petersburg” in 1987. Since 1998 Mokina has been the president of Winter Palace Studio, currently located in the Canal Square of Georgetown.