Now I am involved in the implementation of a large and ambitious project to create a gallery of portraits of famous personalities who have enriched modern civilization. My goal is to depict philosophers and thinkers, scientists and discoverers, writers and composers. My painting is far from academicism and rather ornamental-decorative fine art in nature. The painting portion as usual combines a mix of acrylics, gesso, and pen. Directly for portraits, I use an extra layer of canvas with a larger structure. It gives me more expression and drama. This series titled LUMINARIES is at the very beginning of its development. The first 15 artworks will be presented here step by step.