My name is Ilona Tukkiniemi. I originate from Finnish Lapland but have been living abroad most of my adult life. I’ve been calling Iceland home for two years now, 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.
I love animals with all my heart. I have been drawing as long as I can remember – that is 30 something years – and my preferred subject has always been animals. So much so, that in grade school I was told by my teacher to draw something else in the arts class or else he’d lower my grade…! Being able to portray much beloved pets is for me a dream come true. I truly hope that my artwork brings you as much joy as it brings me to create it!