My full name is Olessia Vladimirovna Maximenko. I was born in 1980 in Komsomolsk On Amure in the far East of Russia. I was formally educated in the visual arts as a girl growing up in Komsomolsk. I have been painting for most of my life… My life today is different from when I was a little girl, but my love for art has come with me and will continue to live on… I live and work at the old Wilkes Mill and Feed Company in Washington, Georgia. My art studio is a great big barn named Parker Studio. It used to be the heartbeat of the milling and packaging operation here on our property. I live here in an old warehouse converted to a modern loft style home. I live with my Husband Rob, and our sons Zack and Robbie.