Tatiana Grigorieva

p07576cm x 51 cm (30″ x 20″)

Oil on canvas. Phillip Carrero

Tatiana Grigorieva, Sydney 2000’s darling.
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Australian’s world class 4.58m pole vaulter (Daegu, Korea 2006).

A former national-level 400m hurdler in Russia, Tatiana took up pole vaulting after she migrated to Australia in 1997.

In her first major championship she won bronze at the 1999 World Championships and rose to national fame when she won silver in front of a home crowd at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

In 2006, Tatiana was second in the Canberra Telstra A-series with 4.41m to Kym Howe’s new Australian record of 4.61m. She went on to win the national title with 4.45m.

At the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games she finished second, then had one of her best ever European tours. She equalled her PB of five years in Brussels with 4.56m and improved it to 4.57m in Yokohama. She finished fourth in the Grand Prix Final in Stuttgart with 4.50m.

By Phillip

Currans Hill artist Phil Carrero started as an impressionable 16 year old drawing charcoal portraits through the streets of Buenos Aires. He worked his way up from drawing to painting and begun to sell his works around that time. Coming to Australia in 1973 , at the age of 23, Mr Carrero continued his studies in Art and completed an apprenticeship for four months to get himself better acquainted with portraiture painting. Meanwhile, for almost ten years produced and sold many ship portraits and marine paintings. -After that I begun getting around 12 commissions a year for just portraits. That's the point when he begun to make a living out of painting-, he said. He paints in the Traditional, Realistic style ... English and Italian schools, his portraits can resemble the Grand Manner style of the 19th and 20th centuries in England and later, America. (extracted from "Artist has brush with thieves", Macarthur Advertiser, January 2004)