Victor Guschov

Victor Guschov was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts in 1950. Victor began to paint seriously when he was fourteen years old, working in oils and watercolors. His early paintings reflected the influences of Winslow Homer and the Rockport school. Strongly attracted to the work of the Impressionists, he has since that time experimented with many different styles and mediums.

Victor graduated from Worcester Academy in 1969 and went on to Montserrat School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League of New York. Impatient with academics and deciding that the best education would be to paint a thousand paintings and learn from his own experience and observation, he dropped out of school and began the life of a starving artist. Traveling around the country and living in cheap rooming houses, he refined his painting skills, selling pen-and-ink sketches and watercolors, while working part time at odd jobs to pay the rent and buy materials. "It's hard to imagine trading my life for one with fewer twists and more security. The memories I have-of living in a two-dollar room on Bourbon Street: working at a fast-food dive on Sunset Strip and walking home in the dark to a seedy apartment; crouching under bridges next to wild rivers to stay dry while painting in the rain; watching snow pile up on my palette- all turned into paintings."

In 1977, Victor settled in Oregon, becoming established as a landscape and seascape artist. His recent works include copper wall-pieces, contemporary jewelry,and ceramic sculpture as well as paintings.