I was born in 1974 in Ukraine, then part of the USSR. You could say I’ve been drawing from the moment I learned how to hold a pencil. I sought refuge from the bleak reality around me in making art and writing, but since neither was believed to have any future in it, for the longest time those activities remained no more than hobbies.


I immigrated to the United States in 1994. Fate finally caught up with me a year later when I began accepting freelance assignments part-time. I became a full-time artist in 2000. I've been working as an artist ever since, creating private commissioned work for corporate clients and private collections, and exhibiting at various fantasy and sci-fi conventions throughout the U.S.


I believe that we creative people are never truly complete, and continue learning and discovering ourselves for as long as we live. Our creative journey is a pilgrimage to our muses, and I'm enjoying mine for all it's worth, cracks in the road and all. It has led me through many mediums, styles, and subjects, from traditional epic fantasy illustration to manga to concept art. Many things have inspired and influenced my work, from the Far East to the Pre-Raphaelites to post-apocalyptic and steampunk fiction. I love to tell a story with every piece, but prefer to leave it to the viewer to interpret it his/her own way.


I live in a picturesque seaside part of Brooklyn, NY with my husband, our two young sons, two trusty feline minions, and more books than we have room for. When I'm not appeasing that finicky, fickle art muse, I hang out with my family, write novels I hope to some day publish, dabble in photography, ride horses, dance, and play a delicious profusion of violent videogames. Not necessarily in that order.


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