Artist bio

Oksana Semenchenko is an artist and poet residing in Fort Myers, FL. Born in 1973 in Russia, into a Russian-Ukrainian family; she began showing interest in art as a child growing up in the countryside around her mother who had undiscovered talents in writing poetry and sketching faces. Starting a collection of various postcards at around the age of 8, Oksana discovered the likes of Da Vinci's "Madonna Litta" printed on one of them, sparking her interest in paintings; to this day remaining her favorite piece of art. Only later on in life did she find the time to explore her own creativity and talent and applying them to a blank canvas. After moving to the United States with her family, later Oksana started re-discovering herself artistically in 2006 by drawing on ceramic and glass with acrylic paint while sketching in her free time. There soon after, brushing her first painting titled "Crimea". Being inspired since the beginning, she has signed dozens of paintings under her professional name, Sana Kiy.


I Am with You through Sorrow and Joy



Artist Statement

"I Am with You through Sorrow and Joy" is one of the first examples by Sana Kiy to paint on the subject of religion. Oksana didn't know when the time would be right to express religion though her artwork, many times she felt unready and the timing unfitting in the past on this sensitive subject. With the state of the world at this moment she pressed on, it gave her the inspiration to paint, with every stroke a visual feeling that can be felt, to unite people and give them hope to not feel alone.
Acrylic painting created:2020

How it fits into contest

The mission of my painting is to give hope, to convey the strength of spiritual faith, to give peace to the heart, harmony to the soul, to strengthen faith in the love and help of God for each of us, through religion. Any person when he knows that he is not alone, especially against difficult unseen forces - he is strong and can overcome any battle against evil.


Oksana Semenchenko - Created the artwork from start to finish.

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