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While studying fine art at Montclair State University in '09, I would babysit for a family friend who worked in her basement by the light of a flame. I was fascinated and curious, and since she didn't have any daughters, she took the time to teach me a skill that is typically passed down from mother to daughter in Slavic cultures. I knew immediately the batik-process of drawing on eggs would be something I'd dedicate my life's work to. Since then, I've had the privilege to teach this process all over the East Coast from Vermont to Delaware in intimate spaces, museums, and libraries, passing on the therapeutic and meditative process to others. I have taught thousands of people, many of which were Ukrainian and Polish, and encouraged meaningful conversation around family history and this ancient art. All participants continue to leave my workshops with a deeper understanding of the culture, the art, and themselves. 

Initially my work was inspired by sacred geometry and mathematical principles, and in recent years I have had more of an interest in the line weight and subject matter in the Art Nouveau style while experimenting and playing with the process, sometimes starting with an egg dipped in black and washing back the colors as I work. In addition, I collaborate with current artists such as tattoo artist Adrienne Haberl and calligrapher Bernard Maisner. 

Pysanky is typically associated with the spring; an echo of an ancient people who worked hard to survive and used the pysanka in mystical and magical rites.  Pysanky are beloved and blessed objects. I consider my work BATIK EGGS since my imagery and practices are untraditional.  I was blessed to have been taught this art without having grown up in a Ukrainian family.  I am very passionate about teaching the art when my spring season starts and care deeply to keep this ancient art alive. I also teach art history and general art in the Tinton Falls school district, and life drawing classes at Thompson Park. If you would like to be on the flame tip studio mailing list, or would like to host a workshop, feel free to email me in the "contact" section of this website.