Hey, I'm Damian Oleksiuk, and I work at the intersection of conflict, art, and design.
I love to create, especially when it completes an inner process or vision. I’ve turned struggles and mind-states into artwork into rent money and have helped others do the same.
I've loved to draw since I was a kid, have been doing woodwork for the past three years, and have been studying conflict facilitation and meditation for five.
Aside from the work you see here, my BIG CONCRETE MISSION is to buy, develop, and tend to a piece of land that will have my home, a forest, some water to swim in, and more. I’d like to design and build the home from scratch, let the surrounding nature tend to itself and leave it mostly undisturbed, and invite people who are struggling with mental health issues to come and learn about what it might take to get stable in their own life. That can range from talking to tending to a garden to a sweat lodge and more.
You can hire me to either:
Create a piece of art/design ($1000+). Most people who hire me either come up with a fresh new idea or come to me with something they like about my previous work and want their own spin on it. You don’t have to know what you want at first. Helping you figure that out is part of my gig. I typically don’t go lower than $1,000, because I love exploring detail and emotion, and I want to make sure I have the time and freedom to get you the piece you really want.
Facilitate conflict/creative process ($90/hr). I’ve been in the mental hospital, struggled with anxiety, depression and insomnia, have been diagnosed bipolar, and am also a person. I get out of bed every day and make art and have a job at an architecture firm which I love. My friends are way rad, I don’t drink, and I’m generally a good sport about life, all while also having a physical disability aka bum ankle from a botched surgery. After understanding much of the above and helping other people get through their own issues, I’d love to help you work through something (maybe it’s similar to the above, maybe it’s totally different) and come up with some solutions on what you can do next. Some people have said an hour or two with me is great, and that’s all they needed. Some people are ongoing. 24 hour cancellation fee. On Skype or in person.
Stay sane out there.
Based out of Oakland, California.