Finnabair Creative Team




Tanyalee Kahler - visit her website here!

1. From? originally, Maryborough Queensland - now Hobart, Tasmania.
2. Always on my work table: A mess! There are always supplies, journals, paper, brushes, pens left out on my desk. And there are always paint splatters too.
3. Favorite color palette: Always pink, gold and black!
4. Favorite creations: My children of course! But art wise, I’m pretty proud of the magazine I produce - Brush Magazine, as well as some canvases I’ve created. 
5. I am inspired by: so many things, but lately it’s words. I love creating art based on how a word makes me feel or what colours and shapes it evokes. 
6. When I see a blank page/canvas:  I swipe paint on it or glue down some paper. 
7. Cats or dogs? Cats! I have three of them!
8. Tea or coffee? Tea first thing in the morning. Coffee for morning tea
9. Simple or messy? Messy!
10. I'm dreaming about: longer days, spring flowers, warm weather and relaxation.



Juliya Tirskaya - visit her website here!

1. From? I live in the north in the Republic of Sakha. I love our snowy town Yakutsk and friendly and kind people who live here. In Yakutia there is really beautiful nature: the Lena Pillars, the Bulus, the Lena River and I really love all these places and as often as possible I leave the city for our summer home.
2. Always on my work table: On the table I always have brushes and tools, a box with my favorite stamps and boxes with paints and pastes. And when I'm not creating, then there is always a cat also lying on my table. :)
3. Favorite color palette: I really like different shades of blue, purple and brown with green.
4. Favorite creations: I feel the most comfortable with layouts and canvases. But I like to leave this comfort zone and often try out new things for myself.
5. I am inspired by: Music, books, beautiful images in the movies or in photographs. Nature and people.
6. When I see a blank page/canvas: This is my favorite moment! When you look at beautiful paper or the texture of the canvas I like to think how to convey the mood, which method I can use and what kind of new material to try.
7. Cats or dogs? Cats! I have two. :)
8. Tea or coffee? Tea.
9. Simple or messy? Messy.
10. I'm dreaming about: I dream about my own studio and having more space for my art and I believe that in time I will come true.



Bipasha - visit her website here!

1. From? I am originally from Assam, India but have been residing in Melbourne, Australia for 5 years now.
2. Always on my work table: gesso, art stones, gel medium, black thread and paint mediums.
3. Favorite color palette: teals, blue-violets, rusts and browns.
4. Favorite creations: art journals,dimensional canvases and altered art.
5. I am inspired by: everything Finnabair !! and vintage elements in antique warehouses and rustic places.
6. When I see a blank page/canvas: I approach the blank canvas in a unconscious free flowing way and have nothing specific pre-planned. I always tend to express my mind through an art-piece and in the end, the audience is in charge of interpreting what they see or feel towards the art.
7. Cats or dogs? Big furry dogs.
8. Tea or coffee? Coffee.
9. Simple or messy? messy messy messy!
10. I'm dreaming about: hush hush!! my dreams are quite secretive hahaha(but i guess i can share this one - to have an imperfectly perfect art studio of my own).



Olya Kravets - visit her website here!

1. From? Ukraine, but now we live in Moscow with my family.
2. Always on my work table: mediums and gesso, paints, brushes, sprays and my baby girl when I create.
3. Favorite color palette: blue, violet and gold.
4. Favorite creations: I really like different creations, but most of all are canvases and an altered art.
5. I am inspired by: everything around me - nature, movies, books, feelings, emotions and new materials for creativity.
6. When I see a blank page/canvas: I challenge my possibilities and create a color and a new idea.
7. Cats or dogs? Cats.
8. Tea or coffee? Coffee definitely.
9. Simple or messy? Messy! My fingers are always a bit in the paint
10. I'm dreaming about: being myself, inspire people, create and be better every day.



Karolina Bukowska - visit her website here!

1. From? Poland
2. Always on my work table: organised chaos - papers, glue, scissors, white gesso.
3. Favorite color palette: gold, brown, pink, turquoise, blue.
4. Favorite creations: altered art, canvases, scrapbooking layouts with a touch of mixed-media.
5. I am inspired by: life in general - nature, people, music, photography.
6. When I see a blank page/canvas: I see possibilities.
7. Cats or dogs? Dogs
8. Tea or coffee? Coffee
9. Simple or messy? Messy
10. I'm dreaming about: Always being myself.



Kasia Bogatko - visit her website here!
1. From: Ko┼éobrzeg, Poland. I live by the sea and I love it. You'll see it in my projects, I'm sure :)  
2. Always on my work table: gesso, gauze, A LOT of brushes
3. Favorite color palette: turquoise, blue, brown, gold 
4. Favorite creations: definitely the scrapbooking pages, with a touch of mixed-media 
5. I'm inspired by: life, photos, people 
6. When I see a blank page/canvas: I want to do something special and better than before. 
7. Cats or dogs? Dogs! 
8. Tea or coffee? Year-round coffee, and in cold winter evenings - tea 
9. Simple or messy? Messy 
10. I'm dreaming about: to be always loved, healthy and happy



 Marta Grochocka - visit her website here!

1. From: Poland.
2. Always on my work table: sprays, fabric plaster, gesso, stencils.
3. Favorite color palette: blues & greens
4. Favorite creations: Oh, art journals of course!
5. I am inspired by: in no particular order: dreams, thoughts, feelings and emotions, books, music, nature, people, conversations, colors, shapes, textures.
6. When I see a blank page/canvas: I see a challenge. :) Or I quickly have a few ideas in my head how to fill it.
7. Cats or dogs? Cats. Ginger cats. ♥
8. Tea or coffee? Tea with lemon & sugar to relax, coffee with milk & sugar to work.
9. Simple or messy? Messy. :)
10. I'm dreaming about: Going back to Scotland one day... Just to smell the air again.



Sanda Reynolds - visit her website here!

1. From? I am from Romania, but I live in London UK with my Irish husband.
2. Always on my work table: paints, brushes, sprays, heat gun, baby wipes, all sorts of mediums and pastes, fabrics and laces, in one word: pure chaos! :)
3. Favorite color palette: Love all colours, but teal, brown and gold is one of my favorite combos.
4. Favorite creations: Love collage, art journaling, assemblage, tags and cards.
5. I am inspired by: so many things... a walk in the park, sunshine, people, music, scraps of old laces and fabrics in a flea market, music, vintage photos, or just by the color of a jar of paint.
6. When I see a blank page/canvas: Can't wait to start working on it.
7. Cats or dogs? Definitely dogs... and cats. ­čśŐ
8. Tea or coffee? Mostly coffee, but love tea too.
9. Simple or messy? That's easy: terribly messy!
10. I'm dreaming about: Apart from good health, love and peace, I dream about a small cottage somewhere in Transylvania...




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Kassa Hayselden - visit her website here!

1. From: I'm a 'Yorkshire' tea drinking girl. :)
2. Always on my work table: Colors!
3. Favorite color palette: A kaleidoscope of ├╝ber brights.
4. Favorite creations: loose page creations as I can start them anytime-anywhere and finish them anytime-anywhere and I usually have 3 or 4 on the go at one time so I can give them time to breathe and grow....
5. I'm inspired by: happiness, patterns, lines, curves, Color...
6. When I see a blank page/canvas: My fingertips tingle - my brain starts to buzz - its happy time. :)
7. Cats or dogs? Dogs - but rude not to say that as I have 3 :) - 2 large breed Leonbergers - Leo & Ruby and Sammy the Pug...
8. Tea or coffee? STRONG Yorkshire tea always...
9. Simple or messy? Messy - but call me crazy - my messy is a highly organised precision messy! I drive myself nuts!
10. I'm dreaming about: Happy always...



John Creighton Petersen - visit his website here!



1. From? I am a life long Seattle resident – love my trees, water and rain!
2. Always on my work table: craft mat, palette knives, brushes, heavy weight black gesso, beading mat and needles
3. Favorite color palette: This changes constantly but my 'go to' color palette is always black, silver and sapphire.
4. Favorite creations: It seems that almost everything I work on ends up being some sort of mix of collage and assemblage. I’m constantly challenging myself to try something new, whether it be in creating a book, home decor piece or jewelry.
5. I am inspired by: EVERYTHING around me – the colors of the sky in a sunrise, the texture in a rusted piece of metal, song lyrics, architecture, other artists.
6. When I see a blank page/canvas: I become excited with the possibilities!
7. Cats or dogs? Dog – we are lucky to have Maddy in our life, a seven year old springer spaniel/boxer/pit mix who found us last year at the shelter. I can’t get enough of her puppy kisses and snoring at night.
8. Tea or coffee? Coffee, I’m from Seattle after all! Anyone who knows me can speak to my coffee obsession and knows that there is generally a cup of java nearby at most times.
9. Simple or messy? Controlled creative chaos, which is somewhere between simple and messy but not a hot mess.
10. I’m dreaming about: My next creative project! I’m naturally curious so there is always something creative going on in my mind.



Gayle Price - visit her website here!

1. From: South Australia
2. Always on my work table: pretty much always a mess. Amongst it: gesso, gel medium, sharp scissors, cutting knife, patterned papers and napkins, stencils and stamps
3. Favorite color palette: I love all color as long as it’s rich and deep, but I guess I’m drawn more to cool colors - blues, greens, teal and turquoise
4. Favorite creations: journal pages, tags, (but not cards), layouts, canvases and working on wooden blocks
5. I am inspired by: many things… Other artists like Finnabair (of course), Dina Wakley, Flora Bowley. Nature, song lyrics and passages from books, and magazine pages also inspire me
6. When I see a blank page/canvas: I have to firstly add colour to it and secondly add pattern to it and I’ll work the rest out later
7. Cats or dogs? Cats
8. Tea or coffee? Tea and coffee, depending on time of day
9. Simple or messy? Messy

10. I'm dreaming about: A perfect world



Athanasia Papantoniou  - visit her website here!

1. From: Greece
2. Always on my work table: a paintbrush, water and baby wipes
3. Favorite color palette: pinks and blues
4. Favorite creations: canvases and pages in my black journal
5. I'm inspired by: almost everything, like colors, nature, flavors and smells, photos and of course music, as I'm a musician
6. When I see a blank page/canvas: there always comes a vision and I want to make it happen immediately!
7. Cats or dogs? How about a fish in a bowl?
8. Tea or coffee? Hot chocolate!
9. Simple or messy? Both :)
10. I'm dreaming about: rainbows in 
sunshine




Olga Siedlecka - visit her website here!

1. From: western Poland
2. Always on my work table: in this kingdom of chaos one may find books, cups, toys, stains, gesso, glue, paints and journals
3. Favorite color palette: colors of a sunset sky, spilled on the horizon: cobalt blue, venetian pink, salmon, teal and vermilion as well as burnt vintage with its rusty tones and all fifty shades of grey :)
4. Favorite creations: mixed media canvases, collages, art journaling, upcycling and altered art
5. I'm inspired by: nature, fine art, literature, children's illustration, memories, reflections and found objects
6. When I see a blank page/canvas: I want to tell a story, not necessarily a fairy-tale
7. Cats or dogs? May I choose dinosaurs?
8. Tea or coffee? Both, sweet with milk
9. Simple or messy? Messy, simply
10. I'm dreaming about: a lot of light, no clouds



Linda M. Cain - visit her website here!

1. From: Rock Island, Illinois in the center of Illinois in the center of the USA
2. Always on my work table: paints, inks and brushes
3. Favorite color palette: red, black, brown & ivory
4. Favorite creations: probably tags and mixed media collages, but I love to do journal pages, too!
5. I'm inspired by: Finn of course, but Michael Jack Putman & Jen Crossley are two of my favorite creative Artists.
6. When I see a blank page/canvas: I want to add COLOR!
7. Cats or dogs? Neither - I'm allergic to both!
8. Tea or coffee? Coffee in the AM, decaf tea in the evening
9. Simple or messy? I've always admired anyone that can do "simple" well. I just feel every speck of space "needs" something. But I wouldn't call it messy, I'd call it generously arranged composition.
10. I'm dreaming about: how wonderful it would be to have my studio all organized and perfect...and twice as big. A girl can dream...



Marta Łapowska (Maremi) - visit her website here!


1. From: originally from Poland but Ireland has been my home for over 9 years
2. Always on my work table: always mess... inks, sprays, gesso, modeling paste, brushes, foam tape... coffee, mobile phone, camera, Polish pretzels
3. Favorite color palette: hard question... I think... vintage (brownish), then combo of turquoise, white and black
4. Favorite creations: I love all types from art journals, scrapbooking pages, cards to altered art and canvases
5. I'm inspired by: I'd lie if I didn't mention Finnabair. I remember seeing her art for the first time... Her art was a push to think differently, to discover myself
6. When I see a blank page/canvas: I do have a vision straightaway
7. Cats or dogs? I'd love to have a dog for my little girl, Emily
8. Tea or coffee? Definitely coffee.
9. Simple or messy? Both, but more often messy
10. I'm dreaming about: if I tell you my dreams, they might not come true ;)



Denisa Gryczova - visit her website here!

1. From: The Czech Republic
2. Always on my work table: organised chaos, gesso, heat gun,  Archival ink, paints, brushes, sprays
3. Favorite color palette: turquoise and brown, all shades of tea stains
4. Favorite creations: love art journaling, collages, tags and ATCs at the moment
5. I'm inspired by: old vintage photos, music, other artists
6. When I see a blank page/canvas: it makes me nervous
7. Cats or dogs? dogs
8. Tea or coffee? both with lots of milk
9. Simple or messy? the messiest person ever
10. I'm dreaming about: a huge garden including a small forest



Irina Honcharyk - visit her website here!

1. From: Belarus
2. Always on my work table: paper, glue, scissors, a cup of tea
3. Favorite color palette: white, black, blue
4. Favorite creations:  canvases, layouts, altered art
5. I'm inspired by: nature, art
6. When I see a blank page/canvas: I want to take a brush and paints
7. Cats or dogs? Dogs!
8. Tea or coffee? Tea
9. Simple or messy? Both simple and messy
10. I'm dreaming about: having a lot of time to create and realize all my ideas



Carole AndCo - visit her website here!


1. From: south of France, near the Mediterranean Sea
2. Always on my work table: black China ink; black pencil... and gesso... and a paint brush
3. Favorite color palette: gold, coral, mint or black & white and a little bit of neon
4. Favorite creations: first art journals, then scrapbooking and painting
5. I'm inspired by: my routine, nature, art, my family
6. When I see a blank page/canvas: I want to put some emotion onto it, an explosion of color, a little moment of my life
7. Cats or dogs? Cats and dogs!
8. Tea or coffee? Tea addict!
9. Simple or messy? Beautiful "orderly" mess ;)
10. I'm dreaming about: creating all day!





Elena Smoktunova - visit her website here!

1. From: Russia, Moscow region
2. Always on my desk: laptop & printer
3. Favorite color palette: blue, brown, black
4. Favorite creations: I love to do layouts, collages
5. I'm inspired by: the happy moments in my life, beloved masters, beautiful papers
6. When I see a blank page/canvas: I want to make it come alive, three-dimensional and beautiful. I love creating beauty!
7. Cats or dogs? Cats!
8. Tea or coffee? Coffee
9. Simple or messy? Messy
10. I'm dreaming about: becoming really great at what I create



Riikka Kovasinvisit her website here!

1. From: Helsinki, Finland
2. Always on my work table: craft mat, but gesso & stamp ain't far either!
3. Favorite color palette: blues, greens turquoises
4. Favorite creations: scrapbooking layouts, ATCs
5. I'm inspired by: many things! Supplies, music, nature, my family, photos
6. When I see a blank page/canvas: I want to start creating!
7. Cats or dogs? Both. :)
8. Tea or coffee? Tea, please. With milk.
9. Simple or messy? Definitely messy! The more color on my fingers, the better!
10. I'm dreaming about: finding more hours to the day!



Monika (Kolorowy Ptak) - visit her website here!

1. From: Poland but now living in UK
2. Always on my work table: coffee, paper, gesso, Ecoline, Glimmer Mists, tissue tapes, metal embellishments & Vintage Photo Distress Ink
3. Favorite color palette: pink-brown, blue-brown, green-brown, black-white
4. Favorite creations: notebook covers, layouts, art journals & canvases
5. I'm inspired by: people, places, old books, music, nature, dreams... Searching for inspiration everywhere and every day
6. When I see a blank page/canvas: I go with the flow :)
7. Cats or dogs? Cats & dogs
8. Tea or coffee? Coffee!
9. Simple or messy? My creations are always messy but sometimes... I like things clear & simple
10. I'm dreaming about: finding my place in this world...



Rebecca Morris - visit her website here!

1. From: Perth, Western Australia
2. Always on my work table: gesso, scissors & double sided tape
3. Favorite color palette: blue, green, black
4. Favorite creations: I especially love taking an old object and upcycling it into something new & fabulous
5. I'm  inspired by: nature, vintage objects, art
6. When I see a blank page/canvas: I want to add texture & color, give the canvas a new and vibrant life
7. Cats or dogs? Dogs for sure. I love my beagle, Cooper
8. Tea or coffee? Coffee, 2 cups a day, every day, no exceptions (I may have a slight addiction)
9. Simple or messy? Messy, so messy... My crafting space is an organised mess, my hands are usually inky and my clothes occasionally streaked with gesso & glue. A messy desk encourages a creative mind
10. I'm dreaming about: a tropical island holiday in a remote location



Lena Morgun - visit her website here!

1. From: Ukraine
2. Always on my work table: a heat tool, a brush, gesso, paints & a bottle of water
3. Favorite color palette: blue-brown
4. Favorite creations: big scrapbooking albums!
5. I'm inspired by: supplies, papers & paints
6. When I see a blank page/canvas: I turn on the music, take out my favorite paints, some gesso and get going!
7. Cats or dogs? Dogs, of course! :)
8. Tea or coffee? Tea
9. Simple or messy? Messy
10. I'm dreaming about: having my own house

1 comment:

Saigetsu said...

Dear Finn, incidentally my name is Firnley, so we sort of clique sound wise. I am an avid admirer of your work, but must confess mostly your earlier work. You have inspired me and my students at school to great heights. I am male, but really, everything in your art circle revolves around women. Is it just me or is it true. I cannot believe that USA males cannot find the courage to tackle mix media steam punk art? I am South African and Black and over 40 and took to your lessons and art with a decidedly African, poor country solutions to most of your materials and techniques. For example, for brown I use leather dye and it gives the greatest colour for the work Ive ever seen. I cannot afford all your products and had to improvise most of it.

Keep up the good work and please showcase some work by males as well. We are, I believe up to the task.

Regards and thanks for adding wealth to my life.

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