I am a self-taught artist and I have always painted what I saw and knew which included portraits, still life, and landscapes. Lately, it has become more about what I feel and about pushing the boundaries of how I had previously painted. This release allowed me to paint with freedom and emotion which for me led to a very different means of expression, a very abstract expression. As I started my new journey of abstract /digital art painting, I find more fascinating and it gives me the freedom to explore and experiment. Some paintings are deliberate and are meant to evoke specific emotions while others are just an exploration of technique, color, and texture. Many of my paintings are well planned while others are very impromptu. In the past 14+ years, I have been involved in many solo group and solo exhibitions as well as commissioned work. I continue to pursue every avenue so that I may share what I love to do with others. I believe that art imitates life and is a continual process of growth, experiences, and curiosity. Doina was born in Romania and moved to Chicago in 2004.