As a child, I learned to create Ukrainian Easter Eggs-Pysanky- at home from my Ukrainian parents, who emigrated to the U.S. after WWII. My father made my first kistka (stylus) and my mother made a natural dye from onion skins. Later on in Ukrainian Youth Groups in CT, I learned to how to create more intricate Pysanky using the bolder colors of aniline dyes. Over the years, I have enjoyed sharing this art with teens and adults.
Music and Art have been my passion throughout my childhood, college and beyond. My music teaching career began in N.H. in 1975 and through the years I have been able to incorporate Music, Art and Arts and Crafts in my own learning and in teaching others. In my ‘travels’ with my husband Tom, a retired U.S. Army Major, and my children across the U.S. and overseas, I had the opportunity to learn Tole painting, Decorative painting, Scherenschnitte and many more creative arts. In the Northwest, my success with decorative painting allowed me to enjoy a craft venture with another Decorative painting colleague. In continuing to create, but this time musically, I was asked to write two original children’s musicals at my music teaching position at Rumson Country Day School in New Jersey . At the Hollis Upper Elementary School, I continued to compose children’s musicals and songs. My focus in education was to offer artistic experiences in music, theater, creating scenery/props and art to my students. In my recent retirement from being a music educator, I still continue to seek and learn new and creative ideas and techniques in art, music as well as other crafts and enjoy sharing my skills with others.