2012 MFC - Heart and Soul
What touches our hearts and moves our souls? Is it the face of a sleeping child? Is it the prayer that rises in our heart and sends us to our knees? Is it the smile of a close friend or the beauty of a still and silent forest?
Surely, to each and every heart, the movements of our soul are mysterious. It is like a dancing light we catch glimpses of, yet ever races ahead of us, waiting for us to follow. We can’t explain it. Words often fail. Yet, we all know when our hearts have been touched and our souls have been moved. It is as instinctual as breathing.
The 2012 Multifaith Calendar explores the many ways our hearts and souls are delighted, expanded, illuminated and shared.
Marianna Mikhaylyan is a Canadian artist of Russian-Armenian origin born in Moscow in 1972. From 1991 until 1995, she studied as an artist in applied arts at the Moscow Academy. In 1995, she graduated with the Diploma of Excellence. The same year, Marianna became a member of the International Art Fund -- a fund dedicated to the promotion of talented Russian artists in Russia. Since then, she has participated in various art shows in Russia, Europe, USA and Canada.
Marianna uses both oil and acrylic in her romantic compositions. She is also drawn to religious representation, most notably in her icons rendered in the tradition of the Eastern Orthodox church.
Inspired by her training in figureskating and in classical ballet in Russia, Marianna developed her personal style in visual art, a personal approach expressing, in the flow of movements found in her artworks, the harmony between the objects painted and the space and surroundings around them. Marianna Mikhaylyan's artworks can be found in private collections around the world including in Russia, USA, Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Norway, Italy and Israel. She is represented in art galleries across Canada.