Katya was born in Kaliningrad (Soviet Russia) in 1983 but has lived in the U.K. since 2007. She has Aspergers Syndrome.
In 2010 she received a Doctorate in Environmental Sciences and went on to work as a researcher at Hull University.
A serious motorcycle accident in 2011 prevented Katya from pursuing her academic career.
As a result of the accident Katya suffers with severe sight loss (Hemianopia) and P.T.S.D. (Post traumatic stress disorder).
Hemianopia is a condition in which a person sees only one side of their visual world. This is due to a brain malfunction rather than a disorder of the eyes themselves. Katya suffers with left hemianopia meaning she can only see the right side of the world.
After a long period of recovery in numerous rehabilitation centres she began on her self taught art journey.
In 2018 Katya started painting her visual impairments for therapeutic purposes with a view to showing carers and health workers how sight loss alters behaviour.
Another great source of support for Katya came from the Nichiren Buddhism community and the practice of chanting ‘Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo’
Katya paints daily scenes of her life which can be used as a tool for occupational therapists to support people and to raise awareness of hemianopia and Brain Injury