I'm Jen Kurinna, 29, from Kyiv, Ukraine. The car accident in 2016 left me paralyzed from shoulders down. As an art-therapy, I began painting with a brush in my teeth. I'm an amateur artist, exploring different ways of expressing myself. I perform acrylic on canvas, enamel on ceramics, as well as digital drawings, you can check them out on my website, Facebook or Instagram (https//:www.facebook.com/Jennkurinna, https://www.instagram.com/kurinna_jenn). I'm also directing and shooting my first short video parody, it will soon appear on YouTube and social networks.
A year ago, I had a mental breakdown.
I could not work anymore, I tried everyday to be a good employee but my mind was working against me. I went to my Doctor and he gave me a refferal for Psycyatry treatments. First thing they did for me was medications. Well that went bad, they made me worse. My depression hit an all time low, my bowels shut down. I was physycally no longer able to work.
From then on I kept taking medication increases, it's really all my Psycyatrist had available for treatment plans. They kept me in bed for the entire Spring and Summer last year.
After the 3rd medication, I broke down. I admitted myself into the Psychiatric Ward last August. I couldn't handle the racing, intrusive, and persistent thoughts of Suicide.
I spent 2 weeks in there and really found myself again. And while I was in there, I took part in the Rec Therapy programs, and that's when I found that Painting is truly.a way for me to express, to cope. Painting became my therapy.
Now I had painted a few pieces before my hospital visit. But, it was in the hospital that I truly understood the power of my art. Now I paint every time it "feels right". It's a certain "urge" and when it hits me, I go into my basement, and into my mind.
I am blessed and very thankful for the opportunity to show my work to all of you. I apologize for picture quality, I am not a professional by any means. But I put 110% of my effort into it.
I fought my anxiety to get this far in submitting my art. I paint for my Mental Health.
My solace, and my piece of mind.
If you are struggling with your mental health, please....reach out. People will listen to you, I promise.
My work is absolutely a reflection of all of the creativity I am unable to expel in normal, everyday life. As a slave to the “American Dream,” my paintings are truly bursting with all the pent up energy that is relieved after all the bills have been paid; an escape from reality. I use pigment and line to cultivate interesting color palettes, composition and movement. I really love that my work can be described in a million different ways depending on the viewer’s experience and how they interpret the world around them. Using floral and nature-derived subtleties, my process creates worlds with layers on layers that draw the imagination in and never let it go. If you spend time with my paintings, you’ll see they are made up of small, what I like to call, “pocket compositions” that in and of themselves are captivating, but together they create an escape.
I was born in Moscow before it became a part of the larger world, in 1969. I was not welcome. I grew up, more or less, and completed an Art school program in 1986. I was writing poetry and reading just about everything that I could find. I demonstrated unusually good taste at that point in my life, by re-typing other people's poetry rather than my own - mostly copies of poets then illegal in the Soviet Union. After three attempts and numerous adventures in bureaucracy, I was accepted to the Second Moscow Medical School in spite of being ethnically Jewish and characterologically an annoying know-it-all. I was told I was very lucky - a part of the intakes committee was arrested for accepting bribes that year and the rest were too dazed and confused to follow the latest quotas.
My family and I left Soviet Union as soon as we could - in 1989. At that point, we were plunging into the unknown, with no chance of return or contact with our former lives. In order to leave, we had to give up our citizenship and most of our stuff. We spent two weeks in Austria and six months in Italy, awaiting permission to enter the United States. We belonged nowhere in time or space - a unique state most people never experience. It was terrifying and exhilarating for a 19-year-old.
After arriving in the United States, I worked, and studied, and worked again. I was a medical assistant, a security guard, a computer lab assistant and tutor, and a clerk. I completed a medical assistant certificate course, a junior college, a Bachelors' degree with a major in psychology and minor in philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley, and a Doctorate in clinical psychology, specializing in neuropsychology at the California School of Professional Psychology. I worked as a neuropsychologist for ten years in diagnostic testing, consulting, therapy, rehabilitation planning and teaching. It was fun! But by that time it became abundantly clear that I actually much prefer learning to knowing and asking questions to answering them. Since I was not prepared to deal with the bureaucracy of academia, the question of how to make a living by means of asking questions proved to be a tricky one.
Meanwhile, I married my boyfriend of 14 years. It was a fairy tale wedding: just the two of us in a Las Vegas chapel, with an Elvis Presley impersonator for a witness - was it reality or fiction? Anyway, it is a consensual reality - another term for a shared delusion - for us. In 2006 we had a daughter and in 2007 - a son. There is nothing more real than that. I had been drawing and dabbling in photography throughout the years, but at that point I started writing and illustrating for my children, and suddenly realized that I had something to say. I also realized that it was a natural way of making a living by means of asking questions - which seems to me to be the purpose of art. Which brings me neatly to the present day and the purpose of this webstie.
I was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, UK, in 1967. I worked as a plant breeder/laboratory technician for 14 years before a change in career to follow my childhood dream of film-making. I have worked as a cinematographer, director of lighting, editor, composer, scriptwriter, special effects technician, producer and director. Forming MoonCloud Productions in 1999, I made several short films and music videos. 2003 saw me experiment with animation and rotoscoping resulting in two films shown at the Meniscus Film Festival, A Devil’s Heaven (a collaboration with Japanese artist Ankoku Koubou Maki), and the competition entry, Atmosphere. I also made the United Nations music video Crazy World for singer Andrea Meadows in 2004.
Illness saw me withdraw from film production until 2009 when, working for WeKnowMe Productions and Patchwork Pictures, I made 12 music videos and short animated films; Storyboard: Robert A. Heinlein's Starship Troopers, Black Bikini and Black Bava Sabbath are among my more notable works. My last effort for French Composer Josue Pelissier was the short film Origins. Unfortunately the pressures of production resulted in my having to again withdraw from all film work and put my fragile health first. In the last few years, I have begun to experiment with canvas and digital painting as a means to keep creatively occupied without the stresses or pressures of my chosen career. This work resulted in The Dreaming Fly series of abstract paintings – which were exhibited in Hull (UK) in 2011.
Since 2016 I have focused entirely on the digital medium, experimenting with abstracts and surrealism, sometimes combining both. My current series is called The Damned Don't Cry which was completed in December 2018. Currently i am splitting my time between a series of surreal wildlife paintings and developing a psychedelic series telling the story of Project Mercury and the first American manned space missions from the 1960's.
Born in India, Kartik is an Indo-Canadian artist. He grew up in Baroda, Gujarat and Mumbai and it is there that he began his love with sketching observing his architect uncle making building plans and designs. In school his genuine nature asserted itself and Kartik started sketching portraits for which once he was awarded to make a portrait of great Mahatma Gandhi. Kartik became a management graduate instead of an artist.
He graduated in 1992 and in few years progressed in his career path to Dubai. In his professional role of Business Development Kartik travelled to several countries of Africa, Middle East, and Far East where he was exposed to the rich history, distinctive art and cultural heritage. He was inspired by the uniqueness of nature, wildlife, architectural designs and artifacts. Kartik received his Master’s in Marketing from UK in 2009 and has made Mississauga, Ontario his home since then.
Though he makes a living through his sales job, Kartik continues to live his passion for art using variety of mediums like acrylics, oil, charcoal and clay on paper & canvas. Kartik’s art shows the originality of his thoughts and notions about life. His motivation towards painting comes from his fascination to nature and the remarkable colours it generates. His forte is portraits, horses, semi-abstract and still life. Kartik’s art is displayed in several private and corporate collections.