ILona was born and raised in the Ottawa area. Now retired from a 36 year career with the Canadian Hydrographic Service she lives on a hobby farm near picturesque Perth, Ontario. She has enjoyed a lifelong passion for her animals, dogs, horses and alpacas. Her pets are often the subjects of her paintings, as are the flowers from her gardens. She has studied art with several local artists, and then she branched out on her own. She enjoys painting with both acrylics and also the less predictable watercolours. ILona hopes that you enjoy her paintings as much as she enjoys creating them.