Olya Tkachenko was born in Ukraine. Her father, a professional artist, was her first art mentor. In 2014 Olya and her family moved to Canada, where she worked at the Ukrainian Museum of Canada in Saskatchewan and led a private art school. Olya’s works have been exhibited in Ukraine, France, and Canada. Since 2008 Olya has worked as a freelance children’s illustrator and created a number of children’s books in the USA, Canada, and Russia. Olya graduated from the School of Fine Arts studying classic drawing, painting, sculpture, and history of arts. She works with various media such as watercolors, batiks, digital painting etc. but prefers to work with colored pencils and realistic style when she creates book illustrations. Currently, Olya and her husband live in Toronto.