From early childhood, painted. Inspiration and special moods inspired vivid pictures of nature and sometimes occasional new acquaintances, and more often meetings with unusual and creative people who visited the parents' house. Great influence was exerted on the young soul by Mikhail Maksimovich Kukunov, the FOP teacher at the Moscow State Pedagogical University. Lenin, in which my mother taught and took me as a child with me. From eight years old to 17, I was fortunate enough to spend long hours of academic drawing and painting among students and under the sensitive, kind attention of a teacher, one of the best animal painters in our country and the world. It was not completely legal during the Soviet period, but very unusual, friendly, warm and sincere. The kid at the department paid special attention.