Originally from Sofia, Bulgaria, I immigrated to the US twenty nine years ago and lived in New York City working as a full-time painter, editorial illustrator and designer, exhibiting nationally and abroad. My strong education in Classical realism from the Sofia’s Academy of Fine Arts and later from FIT in New York where I studied Illustration, as well as my diverse artistic experience of over 20 years, has helped me establish myself as one of the most versatile and prolific artist in the Triangle. I was nominated as an Emerging Woman 2016 and was personally recognized at the NC Museum of Art where the first of my “Butterfly Women” series was unveiled. My work has been juried into numerous national and international exhibitions such as MOWS International Juried Exhibition in Barcelona, Spain, and Quingdao, China; the 1st International Watercolor Society Biennale in Vancouver, Canada; the 41st Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition in Denver, Colorado and many others. I was also accepted into the North Light Books’ watercolor competitions Splash 20: Creative Composition and Splash 18: Value | Light + Dark, part of the Splash: Best of Watercolor series for the ArtistsNetwork and in North Light Books’ drawing competition Strokes of Genius 8: Expressive Texture. I live in Cary and teach watercolor, acrylic, oil and drawing workshops in various locations in North Carolina. I’ve also served as a co-director of the Watercolor Society NC Central Region for three years and currently serving as a country leader of the US for the Global Association of Watercolor Artists (GAWA). I have received numerous awards and recognition nationally and internationally for my work.
“In my work I merge abstract and realistic elements together to create mood, movement and an impression of the world around and within us. My brush strokes are moving, pushing, emerging and overwhelming, but never still and quiet. My approach in painting jokingly called “create and destroy” or “chaos vs. order” has gathered traction and popularity so I’ve been teaching it widely. In my recent work I paint alla prima style adding spontaneity, boldness and elegance all at once. I paint loosely trying to tell magical stories and evoke complex emotions.”