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thanks for visiting my page.


please let me introduce myself:)

My Russian name is Marina. And my Hebrew name is Chaya Malka.

Originally, I'm from the former Soviet Union, but I grew up in San Francisco's Little Russia.

Currently, I live in SD, CA with my husband and three goofy kids.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE to paint and get creative.

I paint canvases, furniture, walls, buildings, and even on my kids...

My work is deeply spiritual and inspired by Jewish mystical teachings. 

I'm also the biggest fan of clay, quilts, cosmic smashbooks & creativity for healing.

I love teaching art classes, online & in person. For many years I taught at the Academy of Art in SF.

My other work includes video games, short films, commercials and music videos. Once upon a time, I painted puppets for the stop-motion movie Coraline and even did some voice over - yay!

Many moons ago, I graduated from CalArts with an MFA in Experimental Animation. My student films were screened around the world and won several awards. Before that I graduated from the University of Chicago, with a BA in Philosophy and Russian Literature (I know, what was I thinking??!!) cum laude :)) 

All of these wonderful experiences continue to inspire me.

I appreciate your support more than you know!


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creative blessings,      

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