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“The greatest religion in the world is the love for humanity. The essence of all the religions is our own real worth; otherwise it is of no use…”
/I.Santaika

IRMINA Stiles, alias SANTAIKA is a Virginia Beach, VA Artist, Healer and Founder of HAC. She was born in Kaunas, Lithuania and studied Visual Arts at the Vilnius Justinas Vienozinskis Art School, Class of R.Vaitekunas. Some years later, when she moved to Switzerland, she resumed her research in the Arts, and studied Ceramic and Pottery under Anne-Chantal Pitteloud at Sion and Oil Painting under Ghislaine Varone at Saviese.

Irmina’s main focus is Religious Art, most specifically, her representation of the divine in female form. Within the various traditions of male dominated religions, such as Romuva, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and others, exist significant examples of female imagery.  This is either by analogy, such as the Holy Nature Spirit, or as the embodiments of holiness in presentations of the female saints despite women’s subordinate position in the religious hierarchy and society.

I.Santaika creates her paintings in a mixture of the late Byzantine Iconography and the early Renaissance era styles, and talks about the spiritual beauty, great patience, love and wisdom of women. Irmina believes that no power in this world is stronger than that of a mother’s love, because this is the most perfect example of God’s creative power on Earth.