|Portrait artist and muralist, Lana Loukianenko, was born in the beautiful town of Odessa, Ukraine on the Black Sea. Odessa is an international crossroads and art center. It was the inspiration for Pushkin's poetry and Ivazofski's paintings (The Painter of Light and The Sea); a city of theatre, museums, ballet, opera and cinema. Inspired by this culturally rich environment, Lana showed an early and natural ability to draw. Her father had great artistic ability as a wood carver, but his parents did not approve. He became a welder and lost one arm in a tragic accident so he became a fisherman, crafting a mechanical arm from welded metal that would allow him to row his own fishing boat on the black sea. Her mother worked as a restorer at the Opera Theatre of Odessa. From the age of ten, Lana attended art school three afternoons weekly and by the age of fifteen entered the M.B. Grekov Art Institute of Odessa, graduating at age twenty with her teaching degree in Art. She became a teacher of painting, sketching, murals, sculpture, and stage design at the Fine Art School in Voronsovski Palace. As Perestroika spread throughout the Soviet Union in the 1980's, Lana was one of the pioneers who established a community of artists near the steps of Potemkin Square, creating public art for sale, sometimes making as many rubles in a day as she could in a month teaching. In 1991, she was invited to show her work with a group of Ukrainian women artists in the United States. Since then she has shown her work in San Francisco, Salinas, Monterey, and participated in International Art Shows. She opened her "Unforgettable Studio" on Cannery Row in 1994 and continues working as a portrait artist and muralist while focusing on her new creative works.