Hi! I’m Vyana.
I’m a queer artist & parent based in Ojai, California. My pronouns are they/them.
Beneath my color & illustration work is a foundation and love for design strategy, business, and marketing. The inspiration for my fine art is a deep curiosity and reverence for existence. And the foundation under all I create is a passion for boundaries, rest, and storytelling.
I love remaining a student and regularly study with fellow artists & teachers around the world to deepen my knowledge & 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 tiny 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 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.
I love the Danish concept of Hygge (“hoo-gah”).
Hygge is like a long hug from a person you love. It feels safe, calm, warm, and joyful. I do my best to bring a bit of hygge into everyday. It’s my reminder to slow down and enjoy the beauty of being alive.