Mikhail Starchenko

Russian artist/illustrator focused on watercolor hyper realistic painting. Mikhail was born in Ulianovsk ( city also known as Lenin’s birthplace, established on Volga river, biggest river in Russia ) 19 October 1965. In 1983-1986 get educated at Zagorsk Industrial Art & design college as Industrial designer. In 1989 become a winner of MTV’s 35.000 entries poster contest “My Generation” made as support of Moscow Music Peace Festival (huge Rock show with bands Gorky Park, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Ozzy Osborne, Scorpions, Skid Row, and Cinderella among others). After working as industrial designer for e few years, turned to free-lance artist/illustrator career. Advertising illustration, movie and show biz celebrities’ posters with a lot of airbrush illustration techniques that added a lot to the way of thinking graphically, when comeback to the watercolor painting happened. In the mid ’90s got to learn drawing on computer systems and use it as commercial illustrator for a lot of BIG clients (both direct b2b and Advertising agencies). As logical movement got involved in game development (up to military simulators for real air force systems). 2009-2012 years found interesting to comeback to “analog” painting with airbrush on cars and different hardware items. 2014 executed quite predicted comeback to even more basic tools and did first watercolor painting after more than 25 years after college times. Since then focused on watercolor paintings and teaching watercolor -loves the challenge of using only brush and transparent watercolors on paper for making hyper realistic paintings. As watercolor artist started participate in some International and local exhibitions, doing some online and off-line master classes and watercolor courses.


I approach baking with an emphasis on family-friendly snacks and the tastiest ways to eat healthy! When not in my kitchen, I’m often hiking in the mountains around my home and exploring the best food spots.

Food + People

Food has a special ability to bring people together. I hope you will find that this online community feels just as welcoming as a real kitchen. For me, baking together builds the best communities, let’s get baking!


I have been baking for a long time, but that doesn’t mean that you need a ton of experience to follow my recipes. I work to make my recipes interesting for advanced bakers but still accessible for beginners. 

Mikhail Starchenko
123 Example Rd,
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(555) 555-5555
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Monday – Friday: 7am – 8pm