Before the interview with Ivan Marchuk I was excited. You can read in Wikipedia that this modern Ukrainian painter, People's Artist of Ukraine, laureate of Taras Shevchenko National Prize of Ukraine, inventor of his unique pliontanism style, in 2007 was included in the list of top-100 outstanding geniuses of our time according to The Daily Telegraph. All prepared questions seemed to me awkward and primitive when I was thinking of the interview with the genius.
Originally from New Jersey, Helen came to Ukraine in June 1998 to work for a US government funded technical assistance program for one year. She enjoyed the country so much that she found a permanent job as Program Hub Director for the US school exchange program FLEX. However, after the birth of a son, Helen’s career took a back seat and she decided to become a full time mother and an active member of the International Women's Club of Kyiv. Nowadays Helen has a dacha in Pyriatyn rayon, Poltava oblast, where she is actively engaged in an exciting hobby — ecological gardening.