Iskra’s training as an illustrator has informed her drawing style. She works mainly in graphite, using a mechanical pencil, and her shading technique results in a silky smooth and soft finish. Iskra chooses to use a mechanical pencil to draw with because it provides a uniquely detailed finish and involves developing several personal qualities: patience, focus and discipline. Her technique is inspired by contemporary Japanese artists who she admires. Her work is further characterised by combining graphite with gold and platinum.

A unique feature of Iskra’s work is the engraving on the gold and platinum. This provide a characteristically strong contrast to her work. Iskra has significant experience of working in gold. This started when she was a student painting icons to reflect the Orthodox artistic tradition using gold detailing on wood.

The collection “The Garden in Me”, addresses questions of mortality and through the careful detailing challenges the viewers perspective. The collection is drawn in graphite and 24K gold. These two very different materials bring a strong contrast, reflecting the darkness and brightness of life. The play of light on the gold changes depending on the time of day, symbolic of the constancy of change all around us.

Original fine art-works from Iskra’s collections are hand drawn using graphite and 24K gold and platinum on Saunders Waterford hot pressed cotton paper.

Each edition from “The Garden in Me”, is unique and individual created to order by Iskra. The original hand drawn work is printed on high-quality Giclée 308gsm Hahnemuhle Cotton Rag with archival inks. Every piece is overdrawn with graphite and white charcoal. 24K Gold and platinum leaf is hand-embellished and engraved on each piece. This means each edition is one of a kind with unique gold and platinum engraving.

Each edition is signed and has a Certificate of Authenticity and is professionally packaged and shipped to arrive in perfect condition.