Dimitrina Stamboldjiev Kutriansky’s style can best be characterized as “romantic naturalism,” an expression of her desire to capture and convey the inherent beauty that can be found within the seemingly ordinary corners of the natural world, while also creating a strong sense of place and atmosphere. In her work, Dimitrina draws upon frequent intimate interactions with nature, as well as upon her extensive study of the landscape paintings from the Hudson River School and the Peredvizhniki (the Russian realist art movement known as “The Wanderers”).
Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Dimitrina immigrated to America when her father was sent by the Bulgarian Orthodox Church to serve as a priest in the Midwest. She was awarded full-tuition scholarships for both her bachelors and masters degrees, obtaining the latter from the University of Iowa, where she studied directly under Mauricio Lasansky, one of the “Fathers of 20th Century Printmaking.” This training in printmaking is reflected in her painting style, which is characterized by her unique use of line, value, and varied edges.
Dimitrina is a member of the International Guild of Realism (IGOR), the American Artists Professional League (AAPL), the Pastel Society of America, and the Oil Painters of America and a Founding Member of Heartland Art Club. Her artwork has been featured in multiple publications and websites, including the book “Strokes of Genius 7: Depth, Dimension, and Space” and the blog “Empty Easel.” Her work was juried into AAPL’s Grand National Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club and IGOR’s Winter Salon, and she was named a Finalist in both the 12th and 14th International ARC Salons.
Nature is an inexhaustible source of inspiration that awakens the soul to deeper feelings of wonderment, allowing us to cultivate our perceptions about the beauty of our existence. By studying the distinctive details that blend into a harmonious whole, we can transcend the mundane and become aware of our unity with nature. The experience of encountering this truth is the essence of our humanity.
Landscape painting aims to reunite us with the world, for without the keen observation of nature, our environment becomes desultory, our lives perfunctory. Viewing works that reflect this beauty becomes a transformative experience for the observer, who is invited to marvel at nature’s unique diversity and lyricism. Characterized by a profound passion for the natural world, my art expresses the beauty inherent in the seemingly ordinary: in every roadside weed, blade of grass, shallow puddle, and mossy rock.
Many today experience a kind of visual indifference, as humanity’s progressive alienation increasingly obscures our connection to nature. By rediscovering the ordinary, we rediscover ourselves: we reaffirm our ideals, which enable us to transcend the ordinary and free us from the burdens of our rushed, technology-driven lives, lifting our spirits, triggering our imaginations, and inspiring us to strive for a gentler, more humane world.