Wood figurine by Ulana Zahajkewycz. Ulana has been illustrating for over 20 years. She has a BFA and MFA in illustration. Some of her clients include The New York Times, The Minnesota History Center, Girl’s Life Magazine, Top Shelf Comics, Print, and USA/SyFy Network. She's even spied her mural work on HBO’s The Soprano’s (Season 1, Episode 12 “Isabella”). Her work has been exhibited around the country. Some venues include: CBGB’s 313 Gallery in NYC, Lunar Boy Gallery in Astoria, OR, Philadelphia Sketch Club in Philadelphia, PA, Light Grey Art Lab Gallery in Minneapolis, MN, Tin Man Alley in Philadelphia, PA, The Fringe in Newark, NJ, Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ, Westbeth Gallery in NYC, Twist Art Gallery in Nashville, TN, The Chris White Gallery in Wilmington, DE, Max Fish Gallery in NYC, and at the Woodstock 99 Festival in Woodstock, NY. She is very influenced by folk art, Ukrainian children's stories, Japanese toys, Scandinavian design and legends/ghost stories from around the world.
From the Artist : "About 4 years ago, I realized that I LOVE gardening. Watching my seeds grow into beautiful flowers makes me joyful beyond measure. I collect seeds from everywhere and even picked up a few packets from the Hudson Valley Seed Library. Last year, when I saw their gorgeous art packs at the Philadelphia Flower show, I started to imagine my artwork on one of their packs. Happily, they thought my work was a good fit too! So it began! The team at HVSL really liked the gnomes they saw on my website, so they asked if I could create a gnome-themed image for their German Thyme. What a perfect match! At first I had a more romantic illustration featuring a lady gnome, but then we chose to create a more adversarial look. In came Mr. Squirrel and the battle just became more real. We have our own battles with squirrels in my garden, so I had plenty of inspiration! I selected my basswood, outlined the imagery, cut it out on my bandsaw, sanded it, primed it, painted it with acrylic and then sealed it with a clear coat of acrylic spray. The background was created with gouache on watercolor paper. If this squirrel thinks he's going to get to our Gnome's German Thyme, he better think again. Gnomes are tough and this one is just getting ready to defend his herbs! Gnomes Unite!!"
Medium: basswood with acrylic, gouache background