Anton's art from the heart

Anton's art from the heart

My name is Anton Liachovic (Lyakhovich) and I was born and grew up in a small picturesque Lithuanian town called Trakai. It is surrounded by five lakes which have about 20 islands of different sizes. A medieval castle of 14th century was built on one of these islands, and now this castle is a famous museum and tourist attraction.

Being surrounded by such natural and historical beauty since my childhood, I learned to love and appreciate nature. Therefore, I began drawing and painting at a young age. Besides, my aunt, who lives in Vitebsk (Belarus), is a professional artist, so she was encouraging me to draw and paint when I was a little boy and later on.

Although I had artistic skills, I decided not to pursue the career of an artist. Instead, I got a 4-year degree in English philology (linguistics) and have been working as a translator/interpreter ever since. (I am fluent in Russian, Lithuanian, English.)

I have been quite busy with my translation work; however, I have not neglected the artistic gift in me, so in those moments when I didn't have time to draw/paint, I was taking photos with my camera. Later on I was painting landscapes and still-lifes from some of these photos.

While I was living in the USA in 2001-2006, I traveled in some states and in Canada. The mountainous terrain of Arizona, Washington, Oregon as well as Alberta and British Columbia left indelible impressions in my heart. I was able to capture some of that natural beauty on my photos and now, whenever I have a chance, I paint those landscapes.

Another turning point in my artistic experience was a trip to South Africa in February 2008 and to New Zealand in December 2013 & January 2014. I was indescribably amazed by the beauty of Kruger National Park where I saw enormous diversity of African animals, birds, trees and plants as well as by the pristine nature, mountains and fjords of New Zealand -- "the land of the long white cloud". Indeed, after this trip I returned home with "new zeal"... "and" tremendous desire to paint those landscapes which I saw there with my own eyes! The beauty, majesty and grandeur of this country captivated my heart forever!

So far I have participated in two art exhibitions which my aunt helped to organize in Vitebsk (Belarus). The first exhibition for amateur artists was hosted in 2012, and I sent several of my paintings there. The second similar art exhibition took place also in Vitebsk in June-July 2016. I attended it a week before it closed. Four of my paintings (the leopard, the antelope, and two New Zealand landscapes) were exhibited there.

I have decided to display my paintings in this gallery in order to share that beauty which I have observed both in my travels and in my home town in Lithuania.

As a true lover of nature, I take great delight in the beauty of the environment which was made by the Creator.