To see more, it is worth looking deeper. It would seem that the meaning is obvious — sunflowers are associated with Ukraine, and they are its symbol. So if everything was simple…
The blood cells inside the plant remind us of a whole generation of Ukrainians who were brutally shot. People’s lives are broken, like broken flowers, and they will not sprout or charm with beauty if pulled out of the ground forever.
Yes, there is more than one summer ahead. There will be new generations, and there will be fresh sunflowers. However, there are things against which we are powerless. Ukrainians will not be able to return the «plucked» flowers, whose memories have been forever erased and their future was taken away.
The girl was born in Storozhynka, in Bukovina. Drawing drew her in from the first stroke — it was how she expressed herself, discovered herself, and got to know the world. Playing with colors and light became like breathing, and Yana was no longer separated from them.
Later, she graduated with honors from the art school, and in 2004, after the art school in Vyzhnytsia, she entered the Chernivtsi National University.
By the way, sometimes it wasn’t easy. Yana experienced a period when she could not draw and develop in this field. Іt went on for years. She recalls: «I felt as if I was losing myself, I could not breathe, and I was slowly dying. The only thing I wanted was to create». Then all the savings were spent on paints, canvases, brushes, and the first easel. Finally, everything made sense!
Since 2017, Yana has been exclusively engaged in creating oil and watercolor paintings. And look at how masterfully each one is executed! You can learn more about Yana on her personal page.