My name is Ilona Tukkiniemi. I’m originally from Finnish Lapland but have been living abroad most of my adult life. I’ve been calling Iceland home since November 2017, and I absolutely love it. The unique and raw Icelandic nature is an endless source of inspiration – so it’s not a surprise that in my spare time (when I’m not drawing) I enjoy long hikes with my dog Nashi. And, for a couple of years now I’ve also been a proud owner of an Icelandic mare called Stund.

I love animals and nature with all my heart. I have been drawing as long as I can remember – that is 30 something years – and my favourite subject has always been animals. Being able to portray much beloved pets and capture their characters with pencils and paper is for me a dream come true.

I hope that my artwork will bring you as much joy as it gives me to create it!