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Rising Stars: Meet Marina P. Khudobina

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marina P. Khudobina. 

Hi Marina, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started by falling in love with Ikebana at the Balboa Park in San Diego, attending yearly Ikebana International exhibition many years ago. Then when I lived 5 years in Belgium, I started to learn Ikebana art from a wonderful Japanese teacher. And continued here in San Diego, learning from another excellent Japanese teacher. 

The teaching of Art- painting started with volunteering 20 years ago at my daughter’s elementary school. I always loved art and visits to the museums since I was a little girl in Kiev, Ukraine. I especially loved stories behind the paintings. They gave me deeper understanding about each artist and their paintings. 

In 2016 I was taking care of my disabled mom and going through depression. One of my new friends just simply asked: What do you really want to do? And that simple question started fire inside of me. I realized that I can put Ikebana and art teaching together and make a small business out of those two passions of mine. Collecting materials and advertising all over San Diego at schools, libraries, and different garden clubs. on the way, making website with my husband (it’s a miracle we didn’t kill each other while making it:) We have been married for 34years, and he is wonderful at helping me when I need it! Now I have Instagram: Love4ArtSD. A lot of time, people find me through different sources, most of the time not even remembering how:) Mostly I teach classes. But I also do presentations and arrangements for Church, office, and at private homes. I am still new in doing my business. I love my customers, and they know it. Because sometimes moms come with one child and end up bringing the whole family and their friends to me. Sometime parents sigh up their children who don’t even like to paint, and those children then start asking to come to my lessons because of the enjoyment and the knowledge they learn in the classes. But every experience is different, and I am still learning with my wonderful students. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Everything worth fighting for has a thorny road to it. Trying to do summer camps was a huge challenge. 

Plus, I am a person who deals with people personally-face to face. So, some of the struggles were as follows: during pandemic, I had to learn about the online world. That’s not for me. Dynamic changed completely. I am so glad we are back in person now! 

But new challenges arrived: Recently, I was called to do a class of Ikebana for 36 people at a museum. It was for the 10th wedding anniversary of my clients. That was another big challenge. I did not know I would be able to do it until it actually happened. Thank God my long-time Ikebana friend and my husband were there for me to help with it. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I teach art classes with an art history, mostly for elementary school kids. I also teach Ikebana for all ages. I also do Ikebana arrangements and presentations for my clients and their special events. I am proud to do what I was dreaming about when I was a child: to paint and to be surrounded by flowers. I am very proud of people who feel happy while working on their projects with me. How many people are doing what they dreamed about when they were little children? I am one of them! 

I, the only person who specializes in art and ikebana in my business 

What do you think about happiness?
To see my happy and satisfied customers. Because it means I did my job right. And swimming in the Ocean all year round in our beautiful San Diego. 


  • $38.00-class per person
  • $150.00-Ikebana display
  • $225.00-Ikebana demonstration

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