“Warrior Girl” 2018 , 12” x 10” (30.8cm x 25.4cm) . Oil on panel . Antique hand carved wooden frame.     I have a fan in Finland, her name is Alisa and she’s 8 yrs old. She saw my painting “The Sinners” at the SINKKA, Contemporary Art Museum in Kerava, Finland a few weeks ago and got in touch with me through her Grandmother. She was very intrigued by the message of the painting and what it means.     For me every painting I create has a special meaning and a message behind it. I started painting a long time ago and my dream is still the same. I wish I could heal this world from all the pain and sickness. Even if I can’t do that myself, at least I can intend to do that through my art. That is my message.    Alisa is now my model from afar. We have arranged through a family member of hers, photography sessions that include modeling for a my new paintings I will be working on for the next few months. I am very excited. Alisa is a very special girl. This is the first painting I made of her. It is called “Warrior Girl”, (“Soturi Tyttö ” in Finnish.) I’ve always felt like it’s incredibly hard to be a girl. I remember as a child I always felt like I had to prove myself to others somehow to make myself feel worthy. I felt like boys didn’t have to do that. This feeling still prevails in my adult life and I feel like I must wear this protective shield around me, that makes me a sort of “Warrior Girl”.  I have not met Alisa in person, nor talked to her. We only communicate through her wonderful Granny Katri. For Alisa, myself and all the women in this world, here's to being a Woman and this is “Warrior Girl”.    XOXO - Ilona    P.S This excerpt is from my November Newsletter I send out monthly to all my special readers. If you would like to receive my monthly Newsletter please subscribe!

“Warrior Girl” 2018 , 12” x 10” (30.8cm x 25.4cm) . Oil on panel . Antique hand carved wooden frame.

I have a fan in Finland, her name is Alisa and she’s 8 yrs old. She saw my painting “The Sinners” at the SINKKA, Contemporary Art Museum in Kerava, Finland a few weeks ago and got in touch with me through her Grandmother. She was very intrigued by the message of the painting and what it means.

For me every painting I create has a special meaning and a message behind it. I started painting a long time ago and my dream is still the same. I wish I could heal this world from all the pain and sickness. Even if I can’t do that myself, at least I can intend to do that through my art. That is my message.

Alisa is now my model from afar. We have arranged through a family member of hers, photography sessions that include modeling for a my new paintings I will be working on for the next few months. I am very excited. Alisa is a very special girl. This is the first painting I made of her. It is called “Warrior Girl”, (“Soturi Tyttö ” in Finnish.) I’ve always felt like it’s incredibly hard to be a girl. I remember as a child I always felt like I had to prove myself to others somehow to make myself feel worthy. I felt like boys didn’t have to do that. This feeling still prevails in my adult life and I feel like I must wear this protective shield around me, that makes me a sort of “Warrior Girl”.

I have not met Alisa in person, nor talked to her. We only communicate through her wonderful Granny Katri. For Alisa, myself and all the women in this world, here's to being a Woman and this is “Warrior Girl”.

XOXO - Ilona

P.S This excerpt is from my November Newsletter I send out monthly to all my special readers. If you would like to receive my monthly Newsletter please subscribe!


Ilona's Exhibition schedule 2018 :

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 Photo by Finnish Photographer Pekka Elomaa © 2018  Museum of Contemporary Art SINKKA, in Kerava, Finland. Ilona will have 15 oil paintings on show!

Photo by Finnish Photographer Pekka Elomaa © 2018

Museum of Contemporary Art SINKKA, in Kerava, Finland. Ilona will have 15 oil paintings on show!

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On Front page cover pictures are taken at / by :

Taide ja Museokeskus SINKKA, Kerava. Finland . Kaikki kuvat (All photos) ©Pekka Elomaa 2018


Ilona has been sponsored by The Finnish Cultural Foundation for the year 2018.

Ilonalle on myönnetty Suomen Kulttuurirahaston apuraha vuodelle 2018.

 Ilona will be exhibiting 2 new works from 2018, never seen before , at the BELA International Art Biennale in Helsinki . Opening night is on Thursday July 26th . Don't miss it! On show are : " Dance of the last Rhinoceros " and " Pink Cockatoo " . For preview inquiries please contact :  AVA Galleria  , Helsinki . Finland

Ilona will be exhibiting 2 new works from 2018, never seen before , at the BELA International Art Biennale in Helsinki . Opening night is on Thursday July 26th . Don't miss it! On show are : " Dance of the last Rhinoceros " and " Pink Cockatoo " . For preview inquiries please contact : AVA Galleria , Helsinki . Finland


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"The Finnish Illusion" on Tour

June 13th - August 28th 2018

Finnish Embassy

3301 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington, DC 20008

  • Opening Reception Wednesday June 13th 6:30 to 8:30pm. Welcome!

    Check out Katja Tukiainen's and Maria Wolfram's amazing work!


"The Finnish Illusion"

Feb 15th - April 28th 2018

Spruill Gallery

4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, GA 30338