Violetta Chandler

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Violetta Chandler will tell you that painting is in her blood.  As a fifth-generation Russian artist, Violetta grew up smelling the oils and absorbing the beautiful colors as she watched her artistic father create countless works on canvas. She started painting as a child and at the age of 14 graduated from Junior Fine Art School and at 19, with Honors from Repin College of Arts. Violetta's classical art training continued at the Ushinsky State Institute in Odessa, Ukraine, earning a Master’s Degree in Fine Art.  She moved to Sarasota in 1995 and taught painting at the Ringling School of Art, the Gulf Coast Museum of Art in Largo and as an Instructor of Impressionist oil painting and at St. Petersburg Community College.  In the true Impressionist style, Violetta captures light and color, bringing her canvases to life. 

Violetta’s experience and love for plein aire encouraged Mary Rose & Helen to take their artistic vision to the streets of Indian Rocks Beach and together they became known as the" Plein Aire Cottage Artists” capturing the beauty and history of theendangered beach cottages.