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Nadiia Lyseak finds comfort through painting portraits as she navigates life in U.S.

When Russian soldiers descended into Ukraine, Nadiia Lyseak and her entire family's lives were upended forever. PMG PHOTO: ANGEL ROSAS - Naddia Lyseak (Right) and her son Nazar left Ukraine for the United States in late July.

Lyseak and her two youngest boys, Nazar and Anton, fled their home city of Khmelnitsky and soon after left Ukraine for the United States in late July. They were taken in by host family in Fairview where she and her two sons now live. Lyseak's husband and eldest son both remained in Ukraine. Her eldest son is a student who is also part of volunteer effort moving citizens away from hot-spots and supplying them with food and resources.

"When I came here, I was really worried that things would be too confusing and difficult, but once I got here it was made really easy for us," Lyseak said through a Ukrainian translator. "I was worried when I moved here that I would be all alone, but I have made so many great friends here." COURTESY PHOTO: NADIIA LYSEAK   - Nadiia Lyseak has done many portaits in her short time in Oregon and hopes to be able to continue sharing her talent.

Although there had been a great deal of help during the transition, Lyseak admitted leaving her home, family members and then coming to a totally new country has been a tiring and stressful ordeal.

Despite having such an uncertain future with the war still raging in Ukraine, Lyseak has tried to make the best of her situation. Before the war, Lyseak had worked as an artist, drawing portraits of people, families and even pets. "When you are drawing a portrait, you are trying to express how people are feeling and their personality," Lyseak said.

Lyseak had only been doing portraits professionally for a short time and had only done a few before leaving Ukraine, Lyseak's skill had improved drastically. COURTESY PHOTO: NADIIA LYSEAK   - Lyseak also enjoys doing portriats of people's furry friends.

Since she is only recently started to learn English, Lyseak hopes that she can continue to be commissioned to paint portraits for people in East County.

"I was doing some work when I was in Ukraine when the war started, so you could say that some of my art showed some of my emotion," Lyseak said. She also made a few pieces that reflected how she felt about the war and her hope that the conflict will end.

To that end, Lyseak will donate a portion of the money she makes from her portraits to her family and friends back in Ukraine. Those interested can email her about portrait information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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