Piece description from the artist
This landscape was inspired by the beautiful Russian River Volga. While I was traveling over the Volga River, I stopped to capture in my memory the greatness of this lovely landscape. The broad river running on one side, the road coming away, the hills in the background, and the various stones and grasses under the feet make you feel the freedom of an amazing journey.
Irina grew up in Russia, near Moscow. She was inspired to pursue Aerospace engineering as a career owing that to the city being a hub for ‘science and Russian aviation”. She studied math and physics in Russia at MITP (also known as the MIT of Russia) and at the University of Notre Dame near Chicago. She moved to Southern California in 2016 and lives in Irvine.
From an early age, she possessed a passion for painting and knew that she wanted to express herself through art. Along with her technical studies, she took many courses and workshops at the fine arts departments, always devoting her time to painting to quench her thirst for the arts. With a love of nature and her personal exploration of the environment, she aims to express the meditative nature of landscapes as well as the lyrical beauty of flowers.
She tries to capture nature’s peaceful spirit using different media and spent a few years searching for the “right one” until she discovered silk painting which quickly become her focus. She fell in love with the medium, mastered the technique, and developed her unique and recognizable style. Irina’s work is a part of many private collections, and she has received recognition in her solo exhibitions and juried shows in the US.
Currently, she is balancing her life between working her day job as a biomedical data scientist for ostomy care solutions, being a devoted single mother enjoying a wonderful time with her little child, and following the passion to be an artist.