About Paivi

Paivi Eerola is a professional artist and illustrator. She also teaches art and coaches artists online. She lives in Vantaa, Finland, but her customers come from all over the world.

Childhood - Painting Icons

In the 1970s, Paivi lived in a small town in Eastern Finland, close to the Russian border. The icon painting group was the only local art group that accepted children. When painting icons in the basement of an old wooden church, Paivi realized that the job of an artist is not just to illustrate the world outside, but also to express the richness of the invisible inner world.

Education - Engineer and Designer

In the 1980s, Paivi saw a computer for the first time. It was love at first sight! Paivi got a master's degree in software engineering in 1996. She also wanted to combine art and technology, and graduated with the bachelor of industrial design in 2009.

Full-Time Professional Artist and Instructor

In 2014, Paivi left her career in information technology and became a full-time artist. Now she sells and licenses her art. She also takes commissions. Paivi is a member of Finnish Watercolour Society and Vantaa’s Art Association (a local association for professional artists).

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Become Paivi’s Student!

Besides creating art and illustrations, Paivi runs an art education business Peony and Parakeet. Her students come from all over the world, especially from the USA. She helps creative people to connect with their imagination, grow their skills, and find what inspires them. >> Get a Free Class!

Escape the mundane, enjoy unapologetic beauty, play with nostalgia, and feel hopeful in the changing world! >> Read Paivi's Weekly Blog

Paivi’s Values

Illustration by Paivi Eerola, Finland.


Paivi’s art stands the tests of time, intellectual mind, and pedantic eye.

Illustration by Paivi Eerola, Finland.


Russian folk art, Renaissance,high fashion, antique jewelry and collectibles, animals with spirit.

Illustration by Paivi Eerola.


Paivi experiments with reality.She uses scientific, historical and cultural knowledge, and integrates it with emotional experiencesto provide new insights.

Illustration by Paivi Eerola, Finland.


Paivi will make you see where all the work leads to. You will begin to trust your abilities to find solutions and perform tasks that seem impossible or scary at first. You will have fun and optimistic attitude even if you don’t exactly know what the future holds.