Skiing is an art. Painting the mountain gracefully with skis is beautiful to watch and to feel first hand. But what about those artists that ski?! They’re making masterpieces in the studio and on the slopes, impressive right? Our “Art of Skiing” series aims to get into the minds of these admirable humans.
FEATURED ARTIST: BEATRIS BOGOMILOVA
Beatris Bogomilova’s passion in art creation began when she was a little girl in Bulgaria. Her mother bought her a drawing board when she was just five years old. In middle school, Beatris discovered that her work really did make an impression on others and later pursued it more seriously in high school, earning herself the proficiency art award. She then studied architecture, traveled around the world working in the field, and currently pursues it as her career, though her creative mind really thrives while making beautiful art pieces after work. Her hobbies are mostly all outdoor and it reflects in her wildlife and nature pieces. She enjoys making relatable art, with a little quirkiness and simplicity.
SBC: What about skiing inspires your work?
BB: When I am skiing I feel like there is always improvement, you’re never static. I really like that because overcoming the physical challenges really helps me put ‘practice makes perfect’ into perspective. You don’t notice it so much with art. Skiing, biking – improving in those areas reminds me that I can ALWAYS push to be better. It’s a nice reminder to use that when I’m doing art; in the moment you feel like you’re giving it your all, but when you look back you see how much you’ve improved, and how important it is to keep doing it daily and trying new challenges. So, skiing pushes me in that way and I like it.
SBC: Have you ever put art on skis?
BB: Yes actually! I was selected as one of the finalists for this year’s Prior Topsheet Competition. The competition was for residents of the Sea to Sky Corridor, so Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton. Prior is an awesome company for skis and snowboards located in Whistler. I really enjoyed designing the skis/snowboard top sheet and really hope I get an opportunity in the future to do it again and for it to become a physical product. You can see my entry on my website.
SBC: Where can we see your work?
BB: Everything is on my website and Instagram! I keep up my blog on my website with past, current and future events, as well as the inspiration behind my finished pieces.
SBC: What’s your next creative project?
BB: My next project is a custom wood burned growth chart for a lovely young couple who are expecting. They want it to be jungle book themed, which is very exciting. Also working on a jewelry hanger with mountains and constellations wood burned on it.
SBC: Do you have any ski-related goals you hope to accomplish this season?
BB: Well I’d love to ski a little faster, and a little steeper. Hoping I can do a black run comfortably in the future. However, my goal with skiing is to ski different places; I’ve only done British Columbia and a bit of Quebec. Taking it internationally would be sweet, I’m thinking New Zealand and Japan!
SBC: Describe your artist style in 3 words:
BB: Minimal, relatable, textured.
SBC: Current song on repeat?
BB: Pine & Ginger – Amindi
SBC: You seem to be very comfortable creating in many mediums, what’s drawn you to each?
BB: I started with drawing with pencils and charcoal, then dove into acrylic painting, then watercolor. I remembered in the process that I used to do pyrography when I was little so I looked into it again. I must say, it is my favorite medium at the moment! It smells like you’re camping in your living room, sometimes even like bacon, and the result has such a neat effect as it’s not a piece of paper, it’s a solid wood piece! I love that. But I do go back to painting and illustrating often as well when I’m in the right mood or have no electricity.