Lana (Svetlana) was born and raised in the United Soviet Socialist Republic in Kaliningrad, formally Konigsberg Germany, formally the seat of the Prussian Empire. Kaliningrad is a beautiful city on the Baltic Sea, the most western territory of Russia, today standing oddly alone from greater Russia nestled between Poland and Lithuania. Kaliningrad’s warm water port on the Baltic Sea has brought centuries of different cultures colliding into today’s modern city.
Growing up Lana experienced a typical soviet childhood and university life. Then, suddenly in 1991, everything changed. The USSR fell, leaving Kaliningrad separated from Russia proper, and Eastern Europe boomed into the world of capitalism. And the world opened up for Lana!
During this time Lana accidently began her career trailblazing Russian adoptions to American families. Russian adoptions were a completely uncharted territory. Lana opened those doors and spent almost 20 years helping hundreds of Americans start their family. Adoptions brought Lana on her first trip to America, and to Texas. Her scrapbook of thank you cards, letters and photos from happy American families give tearful testimony to Lana’s previous profession of passion. Sadly, that all came to a stop in 2012 when all Russian adoptions came to an abrupt halt due to, politics as usual. Today, in addition to her art, Lana is exploring helping Russian college students find their way to San Marcos Texas as students at Texas State University.
Lana has traveled the globe. In India, she explored the world from the inside out at an ashram retreat in the Himalayas and she’s tested herself physically by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in 2012 with two kids on prostatic legs and a support group to film a movie to raise money for disabled orphans in Russia. But now she’s found her heart in San Marcos Texas. Her artistic journey began in San Marcos and now she finds her inspiration in her daily walk on the trails of Spring Lake Preserve. Today, her heart, and her art can both be found in San Marcos Texas!
Artist, Painter, Designer, & Mom