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Meet Svitlana

Svitlana Martynjuk was born and raised in the beautiful western capital region of Rivne, Ukraine. The memories of her great-grandmother’s quaint cottage home, nestled in the quiet Ukrainian countryside, bring to her many fond emotions and influence much of her work today.

She eventually moved to the United States where she completed her education in both fine arts and psychology. Inspired by the human mind and with a fascination for nature, she is a traveler at heart and appreciates experience through interaction and exploring the complexities of diversity in people.

Currently residing in Michigan’s capital where she is continuing her graduate studies, Svitlana is actively producing work as she continues her university studies. Her portfolio includes a wide array of commissioned pieces, published illustrations and collaborations with both West Elm and Minted.

She has been invited to attend an artist residency in France, near the town where Renoir used to live and create his masterpieces. Her works primarily consist of watercolor and acrylic medium, and she notes Rothko’s ideologies, regarding the importance of feelings, to be of significant creative interest.

Svitlana's work is inspired by the abstract expressionism movement. She allows her experiences to influence much of her work and believes that viewer of her work discover their own interpretation based on their internal state and environment.

Her goal is to bring an abundance of joyful and calm feelings, as well as to help the viewer see the world through her eyes... to feel the emotions that are born in the painting process. Painting is a healing and enriching part of life, and she finds it is the only outlet through which she can express herself without any walls, boundaries or limits.