Miska was born Emily Salemann, a child of immigrants with German, Russian, and Serbian heritage. She was raised in the Pacific Northwest attending University of Washington but is mostly a self-taught artist. After college she spent time in St. Thomas, USVI which exposed her to the vibrant colors of the tropics that form the foundation of her style. In 1998, Miska left the island to pursue a life as a full time artist in the area where she was raised and had grown to love, the Pacific Northwest.

Miska now lives on a small horse farm in Fall City, WA -- full of horses, chickens, roosters, dogs, cats, and other animals, which serve as inspiration for her art. There are also wild deer, coyotes, bunnies, and bears which also make it onto the canvas. Barns, pastures, flowers, water, mountains and beautiful skies reflect her love of nature. Her paintings also illustrate her love of children, families, music and, of course, coffee like most Seattle area natives do.

Miska currently lives on the farm in Fall City, WA with her beautiful teenage daughter and her elderly father. The influence of Miska's Roman Catholic and Russian Greek Orthodox upbringing inspired her to begin to paint modern abstract Icons in hopes of bringing Spiritual art back into the homes of families and to show thanks to God for the blessings in her life.

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