Hi! I’m Vyana.
I’m a non-binary artist & parent based in Ojai, California. My pronouns are they/them.
Beneath my illustration work is a foundation and love for design strategy, business, and marketing. I also love remaining a student in my field, and regularly study with fellow artists & teachers around the world to continue sharpening my skills.
My work is influenced by my experience living with Complex-PTSD, a ripple from the cocktail of childhood trauma I experienced including (CW) incestuous rape, physical abuse, mental abuse, eating disorders, and drug addiction.
I also pull a lot of inspiration & lessons from the previous professional fields I’ve worked in including baking, teaching, massage therapy, yoga, third wave coffee, and mindfulness meditation.
5 Facts About Me
I almost died after giving birth.
This major pivot point in my life is when I wrote The Redefining Success Journal and made the resolution to focus my career on illustration & painting.
One of my life goals is to be a polyglot (someone who speaks many languages).
Currently I speak English, some Italian, a bit of French, and I can order coffee in Spanish & Danish. I take weekly lessons with an Italian tutor, and hope to speak only Italian with my baby (our ancestral language) once my proficiency is better. Right now we do a mix of Italian & English at home.
I would love to get to a level in the future where I can speak 10+ languages - a goal I know will take a lot of time & work, especially since I grew up speaking only one language. Nonetheless, it’s a goal I’ve had since childhood and one I’m working hard to achieve.
I hosted my first fundraiser when I was 15.
This event was the first time I led a community focused initiative. It was a large scale event that took 1 year to plan, and it has impacted the way I work even today.
I’ve lived off grid, in tiny homes, and in communities many times.
These experiences have helped me learn how to live & create more sustainably, set boundaries clearly, and value a minimal lifestyle.