Illona was born in Denmark. Her mother was a potter and her father a painter. She grew up in a workshop with clay in one hand and a brush in the other. Upon leaving college she opened her own Gallery/ Studio in Copenhagen. Since moving to Scotland she has exhibited in galleries and public exhibitions in many parts of the country. Illona has had successful entries in the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh and the Aberdeen Artists Association Exhibition in the Aberdeen Art Gallery. She works mainly in clay as it is particularly expressive and yet once fired quite permanent. She occasionally works in wood, plaster, bronze and welded sheet metal. Her particular love is to study people and to sketch them in clay.