I paint fleeting moments of human motion in water captured by light. My work explores a space where abstraction and realism meet and coexist. I use lenses to destroy, familiarize, and recreate the human form, challenging viewers in the act of deciphering the figurative landscape. From a distance or on a screen, my paintings may look hyper realistic, yet up close, the painterly brushstrokes become playful abstractions.
I was born in Bulgaria, grew up in South Africa, and lived most of my life in Toronto, Canada. My daytime design gig recently brought me to Seattle, where I am now enjoying life on the West Coast. My work is held in private collections in the US, Canada, and Europe.