My full Russian name is Dina Alexandrovna Perejogina. I was born in St Petersburg (Leningrad as it was known then), Russia during April 1976. My mother and father are both artists. I grew up with my mother and my brother in St Petersburg when my parents separated. My mother is a talented artist still living in St Petersburg. My father moved to Moscow and is now responsible for restoring Russian Icon art along with other important state artefacts.
My love of wildlife and fine art has led me to develop a very detailed style of work. I have my father to thank for this gift! I will usually spend several weeks on a painting to ensure I capture the intricacy and essence of my subject. I always try and create emotion in my paintings, in the hope that the owners of my work will be moved to smile whenever they catch sight of it.
I have been selected as the artist to promote REACT (Red Endangered Animal Connection Trust). REACT is dedicated to raising awareness and educating people about the threats to endangered species. During 2011, REACT focussed on three threatened species; the Malayan sun bear, the Bornean orangutan and the Asian pygmy elephant, raising funds to protect their environment. I am delighted to have been commissioned by Andy Buchan, art patron of the Gloss Gallery, Exeter to produce original paintings of REACT’s chosen endangered species to support their conservation plans.