Perhaps oddly, it is the art of the fantastic - fantasy, phantasmagoric - that draws Lubov's imagination and her skills as an artist. Her work has its own voice. It stands outside the cacophony of commercial art, the core purpose of which always will be to sell you something you don't necessarily need. Lubov studied art at the Chicago Art Institute, one of the most prestigious schools in the country, but she maintains that her true knowledge of art - her sense and sensibility - comes via her own studies. Lubov's work is singular in both imagination and execution. There is technical mastery in her work; mastery in the sense of the old masters. Lubov's art is a return to the pre-Raphaelites' storied imagination, a thesis of art that resonates for Lubov. (Lubov's artistic inspirations include Adolphe-William Bouguerau, John W. Waterhouse, Maxfield Parrish, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Victor Mikailovich Vasnetsov, Arkhip Kuinji, Alphonse Mucha, and Rembrandt.) Lubov paints with oils, the most difficult painting medium of all. The technique itself is six hundred years old and nothing since devised can match the sheer power of this very human mode of expression when handled by such an expert.