How It All Started
The beauty and intricate design of the Pysanka (Ukrainian Easter egg) has long been recognized as a significant contribution to world culture and art. David grew up surrounded by pysanky art when his mother Evelyn and late father Ted were constructing their pysanka display, a showcase of hundreds of egg designs spanning 30 plus years of collection. Their display is to this day one of the largest private pysanka collections in North America, and has been featured in the National Geographic magazine.
In 1992, Dave's father (Ted) became obsessed with devising a way to creatively utilize fragmented pieces of broken Ukrainian Easter eggs (Pysanka) eggs - an unfortunate common-place occurrence for owners possessing these beautiful, yet fragile, works of art.
In 1993, Ted started using Pysanka pieces to create collages (primitive mosaics), a process which took hundreds of hours. Ted completed only four original art works. Each family member received one of these mosaics, with the fourth being displayed in the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec. Before Ted died in 1995, he taught his technique and process to Dave.
Dave's Pysanka Mosaic was officially introduced to the public in 2009. The pysanka pieces in each Mosaic originate (primarily) from actual hand-painted / dyed chicken or goose eggs. Hence, just as each Pysanka is unique, each Mosaic is an original, with no two ever a like, and with no reproduction prints ever made.
As an emerging Winnipeg Ukrainian artist, David creates incredibly beautiful art pieces by transforming hundreds of pieces of pysanku shells into three-dimensional, one-of-a-kind, framed mosaic artwork. The Pysanka Mosaic is the result of a very long and unique creative process that preserves and expresses yet another form of the treasured art. (Winnipeg Free Press 2009)
It took Dave several additional years of trial and error to refine the process, effectively allowing him to display the Pysanka to yet another level of artistic beauty and preservation.
By combining Ted's imaginative concept with Dave's artistic vision, today’s Pysanka Mosiac’s are uniquely desirable 'traditional-to-contemporary' works of art.