Kristina Tonev, also known as SirK, has been painting since childhood. Her journey as an artist started young in the countryside of Lithuania and although she has experienced tragedy, the light and positivity of her community pushed her to follow her passion. As an adult, SirK traveled Europe, America and the UK before deciding to settle in England. Her curiosity for painting led her to private lessons where she honed her skills; she learned an acrylic pouring technique, that combined, with a unique brushstroke method became her signature style.
The landscapes of her childhood influenced her early works and SirK strived to create paintings that were bright and positive amongst the difficult post-Soviet Union setting. In 2017, she married and gave birth to her son Leon. The growth of her family deepened her love for the arts and is the inspiration for her current body of work. Her paintings have been recognized throughout the art community and have been the recipient of several prestigious awards.