Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn is an accomplished Canadian artist. Her works are in private and corporate collections throughout North and South America, Australia, and Europe. Welcome to


"In the Summer Heat"
This summer I have had a chance to continue exploring the poured paint technique. The results are bold, colourful and less structured than paintings that are created using traditional brushstrokes.
Posted are some of my floral images.




Featured Painting

"Ophelia's Wreath"
Original Watercolour Painting
Celebrating Women Collection

"There with fantastic garlands did she come of crowflowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples..."   Hamelet - Act IV, scene vii

This painting was created in 2006 inspired by the FreeWill Players production of Hamelet.

In a society closer to nature than our own, it was easy for Shakespeare to make each flower significant of something and use it for messages or quasi-superstitious purposes. Ophelia's garland of wild flowers and weeds symbolizes the circumstance of her short life:

Crowflowers - represent her maiden state
Nettles - pain and love spurned
Daisies - a reflection of her beauty
Long purples - the chill of death

for more information about the painting:  CLICK HERE


Inspired by Leonard cohen

His poetry, lyrics and music generates a creative energy that motivates me to put paint to paper - creating a visual out-pouring of emotions.  In 2008 I was fortunate to have the opportunity to create "Dance Me...", a collection of 8 paintings inspired by the works of Leonard Cohen.  I was also encouraged to animate 5 of the paintings and, in a collaboration with contemporary dance choreographers, we presented the finished performance-art at the 2008 International Leonard Cohen Festival in Edmonton, AB, Canada.

The Performance Catalog is now available on-line:  CLICK HERE

Limited Edition Reproductions of the paintings : CLICK HERE


“Famous Blue Raincoat” now on Youtube
"Famous Blue Raincoat" was inspired by the work of Leonard Cohen and the cover by Jennifer Warens.  It was created as part of Larisa's "Dance Me..."  series which was unveiled and performed in 2008 as part of the International Leonard Cohen Festival.  The background animation was painted and animated by Larisa, the Choreography was created by Joanne Lowry and the piece was performed by Jordan Dowler Colrman

To view this Video on Youtube  – CLICK HERE



Howbest to visually express the emotional essence of the word“Hallelujah” - this was the challenge. There were many ideas and sketches.This version draws on inspiration from the physical movement of throwingpetals heavenward as an expression of faith and joy. - Larisa

This ORIGINAL PAINTING is for sale and can be viewed on-line: CLICK HERE

PRINTS from this series: CLICK HERE


Visit Larisa’s home studio!

Everyone is welcome to visit Larisa’s home studio. 

Please phone ahead or email to make an appointment.



Phone: (780)479-2813


“Homelessness” – A Fundraising Project

For more about  this image CLICK HERE

Many of Larisa’s paintings have been created as fundraising projects for various organizations. Here are a few that you may want to check out:

              "Once a Kozak..." - Cheremosh Dance Ensemble - Edmonton

“Waiting Backstage” – Tryzub Ukrainian Dance School in Calgary

“Prairie Church” – Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

“Pryvit” - Veselka Ukrainian Dance Association – Edmonton

“Fabric of a Nation” – National Council of Women of Canada

“Embroidered Memories” – Cheremosh Dance Ensemble – Edmonton

“Psalm 104” – Flowers of the Bible Society

"Homelessness" - National Council of Women of Canada


“1000 Pillow Project”

Many of us have inherited our grandmother's/mother's/aunt's embroidered pillows. They represent hundreds of thousands of hours of detailed stitchery and we have kept them out of respect and the sheer beauty of them.

Currently, I am working on a new project. An art installation/exhibit in which I intend to incorporated 1000 embroidered pillows, as well as projections and paintings. Since first posting my idea on line this past summer I have collected over 200 pillows and images. It’s a start.  But I really want to make an impression on how talented and prolific these women were.  To fill a room with 1000 pillows would be awesome. So I am asking for your help in two ways:

  1.  As you are cleaning out closets and trunks, if you come across an embroidered pillow case (any culture) think of me. We can either arrange for it to be donated to the Medvidsky Archives at UAlberta (where it will be preserved and there for all to enjoy forever) or if you could lend it to me that would be great, or just a scan of it would be wonderful.
  2. If you are involved with a group that I could come talk to about my project please let me know. (eg Women’s Association, quilting group, embroidery club)


Please share this with as many people as you know.


If you have Pillows/Pillowcovers  you would like to include in this project

please contact me for further details:


Larisa’s Art Blog

This section is saved for sharing of ideas and techniques. 

To visit my blog  CLICK HERE


Student Art Blog

Boys & Girls

Over the last few months I myself have been a student at the University of Alberta.  One of the courses I took was MLCS 399 - Canadian Graphic Novels.   For the final project we were challenged to illustrate the story “Boys & Girls” by Canadian author Alice Munro who recently won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Enjoy Part here

40 years ago this happened...

"SELO ’74”  
The first Ukrainian Cultural Immersion Camp

Forty years ago, in 1974, the Ukrainian Cultural Immersion Camp  a.k.a. “Selo” concept was developed  as a cultural immersion experience. This first camp marked the beginning of an eleven year experience that produced some of today’s most prominent artists, organizers, scholars, and business entrepreneurs in the Ukrainian Canadian community.

To see photos CLICK HERE


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Displays and Publications


There are now two catalogs available of Larisa's work.



"An Ensemble ofColour"

Howthe painting was created - An interview with Larisa   CLICK HERE

"Creating An Ensemble ofColour has been one of the most rewarding projects that I haveworked on to date.  Featuring a glimpse of a magnificent wardrobe of Ukrainiandance costumes that have been worn over the past 40 years, the finished piece isover 16 feet wide and is the largest single image that I have ever produced."    ~ Larisa


Click here for more information and to see the full image

Larisa's artwork is also available at the following locations:


Ukrainian Bookstore
(780) 422-4255

Kamena Gallery
(780) 944-9497

Art By Larisa
(780) 479-2813


Sharron's Frame Shop

5019 50 St



(204) 942 0218



Quebec// Ontario