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Roses & Torns the story of Kristina

Breathe – the story of Kristina

Date of completion: 11/10/2019

Dimensions with frame base: 21W x 21H x 5D Inches



Main artwork: hardwood panel, Bondo, fiberglass, screws and wire, plastic, epoxy clay, non-yellowing clear polyester resin cast, resin paints, glass, artist grade oil paints.


Frame and base: wood construction, plywood platform, crown molding birch frame, acrylic paint, artist grade oil paint, mounting hardware.


Main artwork is mounted onto its frame for safe transportation and display.


About Artwork

This is the second sculptural piece I’ve ever made. It went through multiple transformations over the 5 year span until I finally was happy with it. As I was demolishing and reshaping, I realized it started reminding me of a girl from my childhood. It is a rather sad story from my past and one I had to get off my chest…

She was one of the unfortunates from post Soviet Ukraine. Desperately wanting some form of human connection this young child of 16 didn’t know any better and I didn’t find it in me to give her any guidance or love. She died on the same day her mom had died a year earlier, from alcohol and drug overdose. I am still haunted at times by the memory of this beautiful innocent creature whom I denied a helping hand. Creating this piece is a way for me to work on those feelings and commemorate the forgotten girl named Kristina.

I don’t quite remember her features, but I portrayed her as best as I could. I later decided to add “water” in which she is placed with roses and glass thorns. You can probably guess what all three symbolize. I renamed the piece “Breathe – the story of a girl named Kristina”.

Perhaps this work will help someone else deal with a lost innocence of their own, or simply relate to the everyday drama revolving around substance abuse.



Priced to sell. I use the standard formula to price my work by width x height in inches.

Feel free to ask a question or make an offer.


Payment and Shipping:

Payments are accepted via Cash, Bank Transfer, PayPal and Credit Card. Financing is available.

Returns on originals are accepted within 30 days. Exchange credit is available.

Weight 19 lbs. Ships insured worldwide in a box. Inquire about a quote. Local free pickup and delivery in: San Diego, Orange County and North Baja California.