I am a self-taught artist that is constantly seeking out new mediums and techniques to express my faith, my life, my dreams, and my past.
Through university, I worked as a florist and later as an English teacher. I came to the USA for graduate school, receiving a Masters in Early Childhood Education. Soon after, I met my husband who inspired me to begin painting. And, I never stopped. I've been working full-time as an artist for six years, exploring acrylics, watercolors, inks, fabrics & textiles, wax, and anything I could get my hands on to share my thoughts and feelings. Sometimes, it's just everyday things.
I am based in Raleigh, NC where I enjoy the beautiful seasons, the fantastic art culture of this city, and spending my free time with my husband and 3 girls.
I grew up in Ukraine, where I was raised by my grandparents. I was blessed that they were such good people. They taught me a lot of things that I remember to this day. One, in particular, is to work hard at what you love. My grandfather was a horticulturalist. He loved plants. And, he worked hard. When I was a little girl he showed me how to garden. These fond memories of our time together and our love for flowers and nature is a major influence in my art.
My grandmother taught me to embroider, and for much of my youth this art was lost on me. I would never have thought I'd be so passionate about textile art as I am today.
I am also influenced by the people around me. My husband Mark, an artist himself, continues to inspire me to take the talents I have and challenge my inner creativity. I also know that I can always trust him to give honest feedback on my work.
My work stemmed from simple, elegant watercolor paintings of flowers and evolved toward painting everyday women and famous women who inspire me. While I still love to paint these flowers and women, I began looking for more outlets. I decided to pick up a needle and begin recreating my watercolor illustrations on canvas with embroidery.
I realize, now, that much of my Ukrainian background is naturally ever-present in my style. From the matryoshka-like shape of the women I paint to the embroidered flowers I learned from my grandmother, my memories as a child continue to shape my career.
Each embroidery begins with a sketch with light pencil on 100% cotton duck canvas. Once I'm pleased with the sketch, I outline the face with thread on my sewing machine. The shirts and dresses are selected to match each piece's own sense of style from beautiful fabrics that I find locally. Then, using high quality embroidery floss, I hand-embroider each embellishment and flower. Lastly, the hoops are secured with an ornate paper backing.
The result is a distinct embroidered design that is literally made by hand with love.
Hang my hoop art directly on the wall or prop up on a bookshelf for a beautiful accent in any room.Read More
Be inspired by Lucile Ball, Maya Angelou, Frida Khalo, and Amelia Earhart dolls.Read More
Let a loved one know you're thinking of them with a note on my delightful watercolor stationary.
Decorate your home with charming, elegant watercolor illustrations of flowers, women, nature and more.
Embolden your couch or bedroom with stylish embroidered throw pillows.
Invigorate your kitchen with my tea towel collection based on my watercolor illustrations.
Adorn your home with beautiful, one-of-a-kind hand-embroidered hoop art.
Each piece is as unqiue as the people who inspire me—the everyday moms who embrace their messy lives, the entrepreneurial women who chart their own territory, the women who persevere amidst hardship and adversity, the legendary women who have paved the way for others, and the men who encourage the ladies in their lives to be strong.
Embroidered on 100% cotton duck canvas, and 100% cotton fabrics and embroidery floss.
Be inspired by the extraordinary women in my Strong Dolls for Strong Girls collection.
Inspiring women like Lucile Ball, Maya Angelou, Frida Khalo, and Amelia Earhart remind us that we don't have to wait for the perfect opportunity or be in a specific field to have an impact on our world. And, if you need a little encouragement, their quotes are stitched to the side with the tag.
Be yourself. Be strong. Be legendary.
The dolls are made from high resolution scans of my own watercolor paintings, and printed in Durham, NC on linen-cotton canvas (55% linen & 45% combed cotton). Each doll is embellished with hand-embroidered flowers and lips. The backs of the dolls are made from 100% cotton, and each is filled with polyester stuffing.
I love custom orders! If you have an upcoming wedding, anniversary or a gift idea for a family member or friend, please contact me to see how I can create the perfect piece for your occasion. I will do my best to capture your loved one within my style. Some work I've done for past clients include:
Maria Juri and I collaborated this past summer to create a clothing line based off my embroideries and watercolors.
We hope to have our products available to purchase in the near future.