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Kovach Studios - Vancouver Island Artist Specializing in Architectural Renderings, Maps and Watercolors

Thea Kovach has been drawing for almost as long as she can remember. When she was four years old, she created a poster-sized card to welcome the Vancouver Aquarium's first whale.

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After helping my brother fill his bedroom wall with pictures, I filled my own. In my teens I painted an eighty-foot long mural around our barn.

I doodled compulsively in high school, and while at the University of British Columbia and experienced the wonders of good quality watercolours for the first time while specializing in architectural renderings at Emily Carr College of Art and Design.

One day I saw an outline map of northern Vancouver Island on a placemat––with few details and no real information––which led me to realize how little most people know about their own backyards. And so began my journeys: traveling the roads and researching everything, wherever it was, however I found it. The outcome: my first work in watercolour, my first ArtMap and first published work. One person said of it “The map you created has an ability to speak...it always invites a different response.”

My desire to paint continued to percolate and I tried a number of ideas until it came to me––ArtMaps with less map, more art. Lines penciled in determining where a river runs, moving a mountain, altering anything, anywhere, as it was called for—the newest trajectory of my work.
My best work springs from the places I've experienced. While sometimes I refer to the photos I’ve taken along the way, it’s my most memorable images that lead me towards my most courageous work. I look forward to seeing my work develop and following where it leads me.

My name is Thea Kovach.