Olessia Vladimirovna Maximenko was born in a small village in Siberia. Often original in thought, Olessia’s unique perspective of the world is illustrated in her artwork. She began her lifelong career in art with formal training at an art school in Russia. Although she excelled in school, and graduated with honors, it is her raw talent and passion that enable her to paint in her own style. Having lived in Charleston, SC for a decade, Olessia has developed a collection of lowcountry scenes. She is currently living with here husband and two young sons in a retired Feed Mill in Washington, GA. The property serves as home, studio, gallery, and restoration project.