Mila Tovar, Stirling (Scotland) Member Since October 2012 Artist Statement Please visit: http://virtualkee.com . Mila Tovar is an independent digital artist who has crafted her skill around photography and graphic design. Her images could be considered doors opened to new paradigms. From the everyday, from the simplest forms, a mysterious energy emanates from them and seizes us, as vivid dreams calling us to accept the silence and heed their story. Thus, every image spins indeed a tale, fruit of a profound experience channelled through photography.
She was born in Murcia (Spain) in 1978. She used to spend every summer during her childhood in a little town close to the capital where she would embrace the contact with nature. She always felt fascinated by the world of trees, their shapes, their magic, the mysteries they kept secret behind the little doors engraved in their trunks. Those early memories would always remain inside her, like an "internal call" waiting to be answered. “I'm knocking on a little door. There are several. Sure some magic creatures live behind. Knock, knock. Over and over. I move from one lemon tree to another. Ooooh! This one has a bigger door. I shouldn't keep knocking. I might wake them up. Milagros! (my mum's voice) I hear from the house's kitchen. Are you looking for gnomes again? Over. This is my first clear memory of playing with the trees. It was magical. It was pure. it was exciting. It was so real, so true. I get closer and I love the feeling. I'm connected with myself. I'm here. I'm playing. It's me and our connection. It is pure. It is magical.”
After college, she decided to study Modern Languages and Translation, which gave her the opportunity to travel and live in the UK for several years. In 2004, she returned to Spain where she began her new professional career in digital arts after learning graphic design and photography. In 2010, she moved to Scotland where she took the plunge into her first project as an independent artist, The Tree Connection.