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Art has always been a huge part of my life: I have always been drawing, painting and creating something. I started selling my paintings and creating murals on commission when I was seventeen. Since then, I have worked as a Graphic Designer, Muralist, Accountant, Fine Artist, and Illustrator.
I grew up in Novokuznetsk, Russia where I studied Fine Arts at the local School of Art for four years and graduated with excellence.
I also have a Master's degree in Accounting and Economics (my Mom convinced me to get it), and I am a CPA (I earned the license when I moved to the US about fifteen years ago). I am grateful to my Mom and to myself for getting all this knowledge because it instilled a strong business mindset in me and gave me courage to follow my heart by starting my own business as an Artist.
I am a founder of the Empowered Artists community which I run on Mighty Networks platform. There, I share my story and stories of other successful Artists, so we can learn from each other, figure out what works best, and build the life we desire with great focus and energy. Inside Empowered Artists, I offer articles, motivational posts, and courses that help members propel themselves into a new financial reality.
My calling for illustrating children's books awoke when I became a mother, and since then, writing and illustrating children's books has become one of my passions. I am an active member of the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators.
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