Semyon Bilmes trained in the rigorous tradition of the Russian art academy later immigrated to New York and graduated from the Parsons School of Design. He dreamed of having a school that would teach drawing, painting, and composition—the fundamental skills needed to produce great art. He moved his family to Oregon and established the Ashland Academy of Art, now Atelier Maui in Hawaii.
His son, Daniel, was born in Oregon in 1989 and began studying with his father at the age of 8. Despite the influence of the international greats of the past, his father continues to be his greatest influence. “He is responsible for my foray into this career,” says Daniel.
“A lot of my childhood was spent in the art school,” he recalls, “constructing easels, remodeling the building. The school was based on the curriculum of the French and Russian academies. I enjoyed the discipline. It was a kind of visual arithmetic, developing a skill set. It was like my training in fencing—systematically improving through discipline over time. You learn to stretch your brain in different ways. My transition into the personal came later when I asked what do I want to do with this skill set?
“I started thinking about where this goes in my early to mid-20s,” he continues. “I took aesthetics, textures, and atmosphere more seriously—more personally. I basically wanted to understand what makes me feel things when I look at imagery. I would compile images of architecture, sculpture, photography, historic paintings, that make me feel something. I built folders and would go through them beginning to understand my own response to visual stimuli—is it random or is there a pattern or a construct that makes me feel something?”
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