Studio Time: Boryana Rusenova Ina

From the March 7, 2013 edition

When Boryana Rusenova Ina decided to move out of the Junctionview studio she shared with her husband, Andrew Ina, a filmmaker and painter, to a studio she had set up in her basement, some friends expressed concern about how she would get work done at home.

“It’s actually been really good for me,” she said. “It allows me to spend a couple hours on a painting before or after work.”

Ina teaches drawing and foundation art at CCAD and the Columbus Cultural Arts Center Tuesday through Friday but works part-time in her basement painting flat and highly patterned works that address the shifting, increasingly commercialized landscape of her native Bulgaria. Mondays and Saturdays are eight-hour painting work days.

Her studio of white concrete walls is clean and simple. One bulletin board has postcards of art by artists she admires and sketches or prints of her former work. A single decorative bell hangs on her staircase; it is what goats wear in Bulgaria, a reminder of where she comes from and the heritage she wants to explore in her art.

Ina always works on two paintings at a time, because “I am very detail oriented and I won’t stop working on a painting unless I have something else to go to,” she said. “This is more efficient.” Also helping her edit: audio books. She listens to them frequently while painting so she doesn’t get too lost in the details of a work.

If artist’s block gets in the way of her long shifts downstairs, she’ll hash out the hurdle with her husband. He, by the way, is moving to a place in 400 West Rich where rent is 60 cents to $1.10 per square foot once Junctionview closes.

Her only complaint about her studio is that it sometimes gets cold. That’s what the foot rest (read: a heater on the floor below her easel) is for.