I have lived in England longer than anywhere else at this point, including Canada and the USA, arriving there on a student scholarship from Ukraine in my teens. The nurturing relationships developed along the way helped me build up the confidence and give myself the permission to experiment, show off my roots and paint. Here are some of the experiences that I am especially grateful for:
Bulldog Bursary and mentorship with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, residency at Dumfries House in Scotland by the Prince’s Trust and the Royal Drawing School, Florence Trust residency, London Creative Network/SPACE program, residency at Phytology Bethnal Green Nature Reserve and the most recent–Off Site painting program with the Turps Banana.
Photo by Tami Soji-Akinyemi