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Olia Stielow was born in the Ukraine and traveled Europe as a child, but her growing up years were in Montreal. Not knowing the language when she first started school, she stayed in class at recess time and so began to paint with colored chalk on the blackboard. She won an award at school for her art, and from there went on to study art. Olia took courses with a renowned artist in Montreal and many workshops with excellent artists throughout the years. She worked in oils mostly, tried acrylics, and the past four yeas has been working in pastels that she loves, and hopes it shows in her work.