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Natural Impressions by Pavlina Panova


Pavlina Panova was born in 1959 in Bulgaria where she had a successful career as a published author, literary critic and teacher in Bulgarian Language and Literature. From early age she had a great affection for her native language and knew that her life would be connected to the world of words, spoken and written. Overcoming many dramatic social changes and challenges, she always followed her dreams and ambition for higher education, creative and intellectually productive life. After graduating from VT University, she organized public lectures and open mike events, established writers clubs for children and adults. Her biggest achievements were the founding of Educational Center and publishing of three books.

In 1999 she and her family came to America and since then they have been living in Irving. She did not speak English and felt deprived of her basic and best tool for communication – words. In order to cope with this handicap, she enrolled as an ESL student at North Lake College soon after her arrival. Almost parallel to that she started creating simple pictures with pressed leaves and became passionately involved in this new artistic way of expression. In 2000 she became a member of Irving Arts Center which gave her the first opportunity to participate in an art exhibit.

After a few years of experimenting with pressed leaves and other natural materials, she realized that she needed more knowledge about art for developing her style. In 2007 she went back to North Lake College as a full time credit student with the intention of studying Art and English on a higher level. She gained not only practical skills, but also theoretical knowledge which has influenced tremendously her work. Since then she have been transforming and applying some drawing and painting techniques in her work with pressed leaves. For the last few years she have been actively working in a new direction - combining clay and leaves. In 2011 she graduated from North Lake College with Associate degree in Art.

Her art has been exhibited in the annual shows at North Lake College, Irving Arts Center and Texas Visual Arts Association. She had solo exhibits at TVAA Gallery and The Cameron Gallery in Dallas and Galeria d'Arte in McKinney. Her work was shown on Irving Public TV and published by Dallas Morning News and North Lake College News-Register and Duck Soup. Among her latest achievements are Cecil Wallace Fordham Award, Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Best of Texas Clay Shows. Her art can be seen on Art.com, Artistrising.com and Dallasartsrevue.com.


May 2011
Associate in Art
North Lake College, Irving, Texas
September 1986
Master Degree in Bulgarian Language and Literature
VT University, Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria
May 1980
Associate in Library Science, Library Institute, Sofia, Bulgaria

Selected Exhibitions

International Pressed Flower Competition, Gurye, South Korea, 2016
The Goodrich Gallery, One Person Show, Dallas, TX, 2015
12th International Competition of Pressed Flowers Pictures "Exhibition of
Creation", Tokyo, Japan, 2015
International Pressed Flower Competition, Gurye, South Korea, 2015
9th World Pressed Flower Craft Exhibition, Goyang, South Korea, 2015
El Corazon Annual Exhibit, Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, TX, 2015
Artist of the month, La Cima Club, Las Colinas, TX, 2014
Nature in My Art, The Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, TX, 2013
New Texas Talent Show, Craigheadgreen Gallery, Dallas, TX, 2011
Best of Texas Clay, Fort Worth Community Art Center, Fort Worth, 2011
Edith Baker Art Scholarship Show, Irving Arts Center, Irving, TX, 2010
Cecil Wallace Award Exhibit, El Centro College Gallery, Dallas, TX, 2010
Visual Images Gallery, Dallas, TX, 2010
Dallas Arts Review Members Show, Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, TX, 2010
The Art of Pressed Leaves and Clay, One Person Show, TVAA Gallery 2009
The Cameron Gallery - One Person Show, Dallas, TX - May, 2008
Carrie Garner Galeria d'Arte- One Person Show, McKinney, TX - Sep-Oct, 2007
Irving Arts Center Annual Exhibitions – 2001-2008, Honorable Mention Award
North Lake College Annual Students Show, Irving, TX - 2007, Honorable Mention Award, 2008
Texas Visual Art Association Show, Dallas, TX - 2005-2008
Blue Moon Gallery, Grapevine, TX - 2004-2006
My Dulce Gallery, Dallas, TX - 2004-2005
One Person Show at Verizon Headquarters Art Gallery, Irving, TX - Oct, 2003
Art World Gallery, Irving, TX – 2002







See page one for images of Pavlina Panova's work


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