Q. Congratulations on your new book! Tell us about it.
A. It’s a children’s book about butterflies and other bugs. I collaborated with a friend, Nana Samanishvili on the book. It was written by my brother-in-law Ronald Blandon who is a writer and educator and it is called Wings of Friendship. It is done by Trafford Publishing.
Q. Have you ever done anything like this before?
A. No. I’ve been an artist and done pieces that are on display in the Czech Republic, Poland and the former Soviet Socialist Republic. I also had a show in New Jersey. Now I have have some pieces on display at The Daily Grind in Locust.
Q. Was it hard illustrating the book?
A. You know it was challenging. to draw all the butterflies with faces and characteristics. They had to be cute for the children’s book. It took three years. But I would love to do more. I love the story in this one about the butterflies protecting the little white butterfly. Children will learn about differences and find out how butterflies start out. I hope they like it.
Q. So Locust is your new home. How long have you lived here?
A. More than four years. I moved here from New Jersey with my husband. Before that, I came from Tbilisi in the country of Georgia. I studied at the Institute of Fine Arts in Moscow. My daughter is 19 and she lives here too. She drew the logo on the coffee shop door.
Q. Do you like living here?
A. I like it very much. Life is calm here and people are beautiful—very sweet. There is beautiful scenery and I feel closer to nature. There isn’t as much concrete. I can go to Charlotte for theater, ballet and opera.
Q. What’s next for you?
A. I will have a booksigning at The Daily Grind on March 12 at 11 am. and I will keep teaching piano at Charlotte Academy of Music.