About Tummy Rubb Studio


Tummy Rubb Studio's principal artist Ksenia Annis was born in the capital of Soviet Russia, Moscow. The experience of the incredibly rich Russian culture crushed under the weight of an oppressive political system formed her esthetic and artistic principles. With limited options available to creative people under communist rule, Ksenia chose architecture as the outlet for her artistic talents. In Moscow Architectural Institute she received an education that included not only technical subjects, but also extensive courses on drawing, painting, sculpture and history of art. After graduation, while working in various design firms, Ksenia devoted her free time to travelling to United States and various European countries to see masterpieces of fine art and architecture.

Architecture was both her creative outlet and financial lifeline after moving to the US early this century. However the creative constraints of the profession and the soul crushing nature of office life convinced Ksenia to pursue her true calling full time since 2008. She now devotes all of her time to traditional and digital visual art, working in oil, acrylic, gouache as well as creating some sculpture. Mostly her focus is a whimsical interpretation of the world, which really shines in her paintings and illustrations for books, the first of which was published in 2015 on Amazon. Tummy Rubb Studio, which Ksenia started, plans several more illustrated books. In addition, Ksenia participates in regional and national judged shows, receiving awards recently with the Woodlands Art League and Watercolor Society of Houston, of which she is a Gold member.


Eliciting the full range of positive emotions in her viewers is the driving purpose behind Ksenia’s art. Whether painting the splendor of spring flora, capturing the essence of joy in a traditional portrait, or illustrating whimsical animals singing and dancing, Ksenia wants to bring a smile to people’s faces. Following the principles of visual storytelling, she strives to tell the full tale in every piece, whether it be a landscape, still-life, portrait or a genre scene.

 Among her artistic influences she considers oeuvre of Art Nouveaux period, Japanese animation and Russian art of late 19th – early 20th centuries.

 Ksenia works in various media – watercolor and ink, gouache, acrylic and oil.