First lets meet the artist. Cynthia Ann Gedz is from Chautauqua County, New York. She attended Jamestown Community College and graduated with high honors and an Associate's degree in Art/Liberal Arts. Ms. Gedz spent nearly ten years in Southern California where she attended California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), obtaining her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree before moving to New Mexico, USA. Ms Gedz first began the folk art of Ukrainian pesanka in Southern California at the Ukrainian Art Center on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles in 1988. Her first egg won third place overall in the Easter competition. She took a hiatus from the art form for a while, but by 1997 she was attending shows and demonstrating the method of applying wax to the egg and dyeing it in analine dye baths in Santa Fe and Albuquergue.