The daughter of refugees from Soviet-occupied Lithuania, and inspired by Lithuanian folk art, legends, and riddles, as a child Austė enacted costumed rituals in the suburban woods. These girlhood ceremonies are reflected in her paintings of glamorous, sylph-like women with cat’s eyes and feline companions, and  landscapes  with castles, ominous forests, magic moons, night blooms, and skies full of jewels. She is represented by the Algus Greenspon Gallery in New York.