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A multicultural couple so in love with arts that they teamed up to make a dream come true: travel and make art full-time. Yay!

Yana is a professional watercolor artist with about 10 years of experience behind her back.  She started painting when she was a little girl but her path to art was not straight and easy. Yana has built a totally different career before she realized that making art is the only way to lead a fulfilled life.

She started doing art professionally in 2015 and since then constantly improving her skills, learning from international artists, participating in competitions and exhibitions.

While living in Thailand, Yana had a chance to organize regular watercolor workshops and guest masterclasses. She hosted art events in different countries of Asia and Europe. The experience of teaching basics to students face-to-face gave her great insight into her online courses which Yana has been creating for years now.

Outside of painting Yana plays piano, practices ashtanga yoga, trains CrossFit with Lesly and loves long walks in nature.

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Lesly has been a graphic & web designer for 20 years. He is always up to date with technology and likes to experiment with new tech.

Lesly has a truly artistic soul and is passionate about creating pretty much anything with his own hands. He can work with wood, leather, clay, you name it. As a painter, he uses watercolors, acrylic, and gouache.

Lesly is the magician behind the screen: he is responsible for the creation and maintenance of this blog and their online watercolor academy.

Lesly practices Brazilian jiu-jitsu (purple belt, because it matters ^^), does some yoga sometimes with Yana when he is not too lazy. Crossfit & Kettlebell workout is his favorite, as well as going on thru-hikes for days to get lost and relax in nature.

Both Yana and Lesly are self-taught artists. Originally Yana comes from journalism and Lesly from psychology.

They are full-time travelers usually spending six months in Europe during summer and six months in South-East Asia during winter.

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Yana on a motobike in Vietnam
Yana & Lesly Studio

Their art studio is based in Kyiv, Ukraine where Yana is originally from. This is where they are based most of the time in summer with the occasional month or two in Bordeaux, France, where Lesly is from.

They have started working on their online watercolor academy in 2019 and launched this blog in 2020 with the ultimate goal to be doing this full time.

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