Open to the public 4th - 5th November 2017 at Stratford-upon-Avon Town Hall
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Silvena Toncheva

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I have been painting for all my life as means of escape and expression of my inner self

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silvena.co.uk

Bio

I have been painting for all my life as means of escape and expression of my inner self. The soul of a person can be a very dark place and I used to paint in my darkest hours because art was calming me down, it was a way to transfer pain and make reality more bearable.

 

I was five years old when my mum first showed me how to paint mermaids and they became constant character in a lot of my artworks. I find dark beauty in these magical creatures and being in love with literature for a lifetime I do use a lot of symbols to convey meaning. I do believe that every single colour, texture, object, shadow, line have a particular purpose and signify an important moment in the development of the self.

 

I am also fascinated by the unique ability of art to connect with the soul of the person who looks into it and to give him or her the opportunity to see something very personal and different every time. An artwork is like a living universe, it has a powerful energy within which you can feel when you are close.

 

Even though my primary media is water-colour I have recently re-discovered the painting with oil. The canvas painted with oil feels like it has existence of its own. It is as variable as liquid and thus is in a  way symbolic door to eternity.

 

I am a member of LSA (Leamington Studio Artists), UK Artists, AMA (Association of Midland Artists).