Peony and Parakeet


“Let’s Build a Glorious World of Imagination!”

Paivi Eerola is a full-time artist and illustrator from Finland.

To Paivi, art is about taking the best of this world to create a new one.

As a former software engineer and industrial designer, she uses both the left and the right brain for creating.

Visual Appeal from All Angles – Imagination Included!

Artistic quality is more than just techniques. Usually, art classes and tutorials are about growing technical skills because they are most absolute, and thus the easiest to teach and learn. Some say you should just let loose and not overthink. But there’s more in art than just how to copy a photo or splash paint without intention.

Visual Voice defined by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet

In her classes, Paivi helps you to create art so that it reveals your rich inner world. Art is about combining intuition and intention. At best, both the process and the result should feel exciting to you.

Paivi’s Students Say

I have a better understanding of how to practice combining my intuitive creativity with the actual making of art. I have been able to relax more and just let feelings flow into the colors and shapes. I feel I have changed by becoming more focused, by discovering that I do not have to give in to the fear of failure and that no matter my skill level, this community is welcoming, mentoring, and loving. You, Paivi, lead us gently and with such kindness, and I am so grateful to have found this artful, magical place you have created.

Catherine Cale, USA

The visual feedback that you provided me has been a very important part of this mini-course for me. It allowed me to learn in a visual way and to see through your eyes. It is not the same to give feedback just with words. To see what you mean when you give a guide during the process of finishing a painting is invaluable. I also want to thank you for the care that you provide to each of the members of the Facebook Group, I really learned by reading all the comments you provided for each of us.

Susana Trew, Canada

“Paivi is a very profound lady. Her insights are amazing. Although having a technical background, Paivi sees beauty, philosophy, and art in everything. Paivi has helped me a lot in my art journey.” 

Claudia Watkins, UK

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Paintings – Mixing Imagination with Historical Luxury

Paivi’s art mixes the historical tradition of creating art with a contemporary intuitive approach. “Bringing the past to the present so that we can get hope for the future is one of the repeating themes in my art, ” she says. “Old master painters knew how to bring up the luxury of life. I want to recreate that luxury to express today’s fantasies and spirituality.”

Shyeling, a watercolor painting by Paivi Eerola of Peony and Parakeet.

Paivi has developed painting methods that are systematic but also allow new ideas to emerge in the middle of the process. Currently, she makes both watercolor and oil paintings.

>> Buy Paivi’s Paintings and Prints!

Illustrations – Science, Play, and Luxury in Victorian Drawing Style

As an illustrator, Paivi specializes in science and children’s books. The illustrations are detailed hand-drawings, either black and white or colored with watercolors.

Illustrations by Paivi Eerola, Finland.

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>> Paivi’s Illustration Portfolio


1969 Born in Outokumpu, Finland, near the Russian border, painted icons as a child.
1998 Matriculation Examination, moved to Helsinki area to increase the number of women in technology.
1996 Master of Science in Software Engineering, Helsinki University of Technology.
1995-2007 Taught IT professionals and developed e-services.
2009 Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.
2009-2014 Developed services and improved user experience.
2014 Full-time artist and illustrator. Online art classes at Peony and Parakeet.

Member of The Finnish Watercolour Society and Vantaa’s Art Association.
>> Paivi’s Artist Statement


From an IT Career to Teaching and Creating Art with Paivi Eerola – Interviewed by Lou Blaser
IT to Full Time Artist – Interviewed by LeAura and Divani Alderson
A Conversation with Finnish Artist and Art Educator Paivi Eerola – Interviewed by Melissa Dinwiddie
21 Secrets Conversations with Paivi Eerola – Interviewed by Connie Solera

Questions? Inquiries?


P.S. Yes, I do have a collection of peonies and four little parakeets.

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