6 a.m. in the morning, time to get ready for classes :)
My dorm table, Vinnitsa National Pirogov Memorial Medical University , 2007
Not too long ago, I was finishing up eight years of medical training in my home country – Ukraine.
I spent my evenings studying for exams and completing assignments, then instead of turning out the light, I would set up my easel and spend the rest of the night painting. Sometimes until 6am. I’d always wanted to be an artist: medical school was the sensible thing to do, but I loved to paint. Art was my calling and I believe that creativity is the ultimate form of expression.
A STRANGER IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY
See ya in 2 years, my beautiful Ukraine..
When I met my husband, Todd, I found in him a source of strength and inspiration. He encouraged me to follow my heart and become an artist.
Soon after, we moved to the United States, leaving my family, friends and medical career behind.
I was newly married, living in a new city, in a new house, surrounded by strangers whose language was not my own and I found myself overly stressed and anxious.
Then war broke out in my home country. Suddenly, I found myself an ocean and half a continent away from the people I loved, unable to help them.
I became obsessed – calling my mom and my sister relentlessly to check on them. I lost my appetite. I couldn’t sleep and my mind was in a constant state of turmoil. That was easily the most stressful time of my life, and I didn't see the end to it back then.
A Different Form of Medicine
It was during this time that I started taking daily walks on the beach, watching the sun rise above the water.
I watched the ocean’s steady movement in and out, the glittering light dancing on the surface, the tiny rainbows reflecting off the sand – lulling me into a peace that I’d never experienced before.
I set out to capture this beauty on canvas. The result was a painting I call No War.
"No War", oil on canvas, 37.5"x42"
Then something astonishing happened: every time I looked at the completed painting, I experienced the same calm and tranquility I would feel while standing on the beach.
The painting was just as effective of calming me as the actual ocean.
Through additional research, I discovered that there was a growing interest in the calming effects of fractal patterns among scientists. You can read more about the science behind fractals here.
A Healing Environment
Since then, I’ve developed a painting style to highlight these naturally occurring patterns and colors on canvas. Each painting is specifically design to maximize the calming effects of shapes, colors and scenery.
These paintings have been a daily source of relief and comfort to me, and others, over the years. Now you can experience the calming effect of the ocean and the healing power of fractals in your home or office by ordering an original painting (a one-of-a-kind oil on canvas), or print reproduction.
Every time you look at your piece of art at your home or office, I invite you to take a deep breath and feel how your whole body is getting a little more relaxed and your mind more peaceful. Over time the calm feeling will become stronger and will last for longer. And maybe one day you will become immune to the harming effects of every day stresses all together!