Nina Turczyn graduated with a degree in Design from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design after a circuitous path through Sheridan College where she studied Illustration, and the Canadian Opera Company where she studied Special Effects Makeup.
Within days of graduating in 2004, Nina travelled from one coast to the other and accepted her first design job in Nanaimo, BC. Working in an office structure eventually proved too constraining and she soon discovered the freedom of being self-employed.
In 2007, Nina started Paprika Design, a freelance graphic design and illustration business on Gabriola Island which also includes her silversmithing, the most recent addition to her repertoire of artistic mediums.
Brought up in Ontario by an Architect father, who is also a painter, and a Silversmith mother, Nina was introduced to a merging of design and craft at an early age.