"I work in oils, watercolour and pastels as well as on silk. Each medium has it’s own potential and limitations and I like to choose the medium which I feel will best express the subject I want to paint.
Since first try of silk painting and batik 10 years ago, these techniques became my passion. When I first started painting on silk and I saw how the colour flowed into the fabric, the exciting possibilities of the medium inspired me. I tried out various styles and subjects finding that colourful flowers, birds and under water world best suited my approach to silk painting.
The silk paintings have the same archival quality of light-fastness as the best waterclors. Like any other work of fine art, it should never be hung in the path of direct sunlight. I love that painting on silk is such an interactive process, filled with life. It’s a dance between the artist, the liquid, transparent colors spreading across the surface, and the silk itself, which influences how the dyes react with it.
I love the way the already luminescent silk develops extra sparkle when it is dyed. As they dry, the dyes create spontaneous and unpredictable, organic textural effects, making each piece a unique surprise. What’s not to love? My paintings are exhibited in galleries and art shows and my silk wall hangings are being purchased extensively for public and private collection." - Violetta Kurbanova