I’m from Russia, traveled all over the world with Cirque du Soleil (twice around the planet). I discovered that the most precious thing on Earth is a beautiful spirit of a person or a place. The goal of Japanese Sumi-e painting is to capture the soul of the subject. To paint a flower, there is no need to perfectly match its petals and colors, but it is essential to convey its liveliness and fragrance. My favorite used materials now are: black ink, rice paper, bamboo brush, red seal.