Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Kateryna moved to Toronto, Canada at the age of ten. From an early age, art was her natural talent and interest. In addition to egg tempera iconography, she paints in oil and acrylic - landscapes, portraits and abstract and creates figurative clay sculptures casting in metal.
After completing college in human resources and university in occupational health and safety, she was trained
part time in classical egg tempera iconography painting by Zaria Manook.
The egg tempera iconography works are inspired by her childhood spent in Ukraine, as well as travel experiences specifically in Italy. For Kateryna, the influences are not of religious reasons. Her artistic philosophy is on the traditional painting technique, as well as the family representation and values that appear in iconography. The style of her iconography work is a combination of Byzantine and early Renaissance art.
Classical music is a vital part of her painting process. All paintings are created while listening to classical music such as George Frideric Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Pachelbel and the opera. Kateryna travels often, visiting many museums and operas worldwide.
“As an artist, I am essentially interested in creating works that explore my life experiences,
that call for participation of the audience to the same extent as my involvement in it.”