Katya is first generation American born to Ukrainian immigrant parents, who passed on their love of art and design. Katya’s father gave her her first camera, an Olympus OM-1 at the age of 10. She received a BFA in Photography and Imaging from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. For the last 17 years, she has been working as a commercial photographer, retoucher, and designer.
While living in Los Angeles, she taught art for five years, introducing kids (ages 4-10) to a variety of mediums, mixing in her love of art history. Katya loves the school environment so after graduating from Art Center she began teaching college courses in Photography and the Digital Darkroom. In addition to her commercial and educational experience, she has been developing a contemporary fine art practice rooted in drawing and painting. Last June she held a two-person exhibition at Romantic Acquaintances (gallery) in Great Barrington, MA which was featured on Contemporary Art Daily.
Katya is a parent to a child in lower elementary at the Glen Spey campus of Homestead School. She is thrilled to be teaching again and is very inspired by CCHS student’s spirit, awe and curiosity. Currently, Katya is working with faculty to develop the Mindfulness curriculum at CCHS.