MY STORY

Art has been my passion since I was little.  

 

I was born in Armenia, a country with a rich tradition of the arts. It is in this environment of a broad range of cultural and historical legacies that I spent my formative years. I was fortunate to study as a child among well-known artists working and living in Armenia. Outside of school, I pursued numerous art media including painting, print making and pottery.

 

By the time I graduated in 1994, I was teaching graphic arts and monotype at an innovative and experimental school launched in Armenia at the time of its independence.

In 1999, I was awarded a UNESCO Ashberg grant by the Austrian Federal Chancellery, to participate in the artist-in-residence program. I held a solo exhibition of contemporary graphic art at the Gallery Jutner.

In 2010, I moved to the country of Georgia where I was fortunate to discover and study cloisonné enameling with local masters who have kept this vibrant and colorful art form alive. Since then, I have followed my passion for this technique by attending specialized workshops throughout the United States.

 

Starting in 2012, I spent four years living in Haiti where a vibrant culture inspired me to embrace more ethnicity, light and character in my works. I was also able to return to one of my passions: teaching. I taught cloisonné and alternative enameling techniques and pottery to Haitians and the diverse expatriate community.

 

I currently live and create in Montreal, Canada. I am pursuing studies at the École de Joaillerie de Montreal, learning traditional and contemporary art jewelry techniques.