Stela lives in Sofia, Bulgaria with her husband, a violinist and three children, who constantly provide her with continuous inspiration. Her love of painting and drawing started from an early childhood. As a little girl, Stela would imitate her grandfather drawing horses in his notebook. Stela still feel that his horses are the most beautiful she had ever seen! Stela studied at the School for Applied Arts in Sofia with the specialty in "children’s toys". She also graduated at St. Cyril and St. Methodius University in Veliko Tarnovo in 1998 with an MA degree in Graphic Arts. Stela started her career as an animator in a movie animation studio. She also worked on flash animations for children's games, puzzles, educational kits, etc. Luckily, four years after her graduation, Stela published her first picture book written by her good friend. In her free time, Stela enjoys making fabric toys and working on her skills to become a better photographer.|
Below are some of the titles she recently illustrated. An Extraordinary Ordinary Moth by Karlin Gray (Sleeping Bear Press), When Hillary Rodham Clinton Played Ice Hockey by Rachel Ruiz (Picture Window Books), Adam's Animals by Barry L. Schwartz (Apples & Honey Press), The lazy Hedgehog by Leda Mileva, The glove to Grandpa by Elin Pelin (Alex Print), and The Wild Swan by Hans Christian Andersen and The Tear of Mother by Angel Karaliichev (Balloon).