Ilana's diverse background and experiences have greatly influenced her artistic journey. Growing up in the Belgian Congo and Brazil exposed her to a rich tapestry of languages, cultures, traditions, and landscapes.
Her interest in textiles began in 1970 when she learned the art of batik in Israel. This early introduction to batik sparked Ilana's passion for textiles and set the foundation for her future artistic endeavours.
Moving to Australia in 1972 she pursued a BA and Dip Ed in Modern Languages at Monash University and continued to practice her art whilst working as a teacher and translator.
Ilana’s art is intuitive, vibrant, colourful and offers a reflection of the artist’s heritage and surroundings.