I grew up in Poland, and am of Polish/ Russian origin. Since I can remember, I loved to draw. At 14, I painted a few pieces, and wanted to go to an art school, but was discouraged by my family, saying there would be little money to survive on being an artist. In 1989, I came to Canada, and spent a few years adjusting into immigrant life. Then in 1996, I started to paint again, the first of many pictures, and have continued ever since.