I've just read about a new book called `Realistic Abstracts' by Kees van Aalst which seemed interesting. Reading the reviews it said the painting on the cover was by Viktoria Prischedko. Intrigued I starting searching.
I soon located her website (with her husband Slawa) http://www.prischedko.de/
and what a fantastic painter she is ! So is he by the way although different in style. I discover new artists every week and wonder at the talent that is out there. This young lady is from Moldavia and currently lives in Germany. She is one of the featured artists at EPC courses in Catalonia, where I had the pleasure, a few years ago, of being on a Charles Reid course.
More of her paintings are featured here http://www.Mdperrot.com/page-peintre...rischedko.html
She paints in a semi-abstract style with the most glorious use of colour. She reminds me of two young British painters who are starting to make their mark. Jean Haines http://www.jeanhaines.com/
and Kaye Parmenter www.kayeparmenter.co.uk/
These young women artists seem to me to be at the forefront of a new direction for watercolour with glorious use of colour and paintings that mix realism with abstraction.
I have to admit I'd never heard of either her or her husband and I don't know if she has ever been mentioned on WC.