About Kenai Art Studio

We teach our students to draw fluently anything they want using any approachable art media. We train them to be in control of all stages of creative process, from scratch to final touches, and to apply this knowledge in other (non-artistic) aspects of their lives. We help our students get a better connection with themselves, know what they want, and how to reach their goals.


Our mission is for you to relax, be your true self, feel inspired and genuinely express yourself in our caring, encouraging creative art sanctuary! We care about every single person who walks through our art studio doors, and we treat our students like family.  We hope that after every class you will leave happier and more fulfilled than when you arrived… and you will have a beautiful artwork in hand to display on your walls as a symbol of how creative you truly are!

Our Teachers

Katia Zhestkova, Owner

Katia is a Russian born artist who received her training in painting and fashion design in Moscow. She came to Alaska in 1994, fell in love with the majestic scenery of the state, and spent two years studying silk painting as well as painting landscapes. Katia continued her studies at Xavier University, receiving her MBA degree in Marketing, and worked several years for advertising agencies as an art director, creating marketing materials for major corporations. She has been freelancing as an illustrator and has been painting for many years. Katia has participated in several local exhibits and she has numerous art works in private collections. Katia loves sharing her passion for art with people and she encourages them to step out of their comfort zone and experience the exciting process of painting.

You can see Katia’s work on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katia.zhestkova.art/