True art makes us feel alive, touches the most intimate strings in our hearts and inspires us to feel music in our souls. Every canvas is a combination of vibrant, bold, optimistic and comforting colours that translate my emotions and reflect my personality. I express my feelings through my art and it makes me very happy to hear someone say that my art brings them joy and harmony.
Irena’s signature use of various gel mediums and modeling pastes, with the addition of thick application of paint creates her unique unforgettable texture.
Irena took her first formal art classes when she was 10 years old where she learned composition, drawing and painting. It is from that moment Irena knew she was meant to paint. However, painting took a back seat to a teaching career, where she spent an engaging 15 years.
She was born and raised in Ukraine, not far from the Black Sea. Now, she lives in Canada.
Selected exhibitions and events include: Exhibition “Images on Canvas”, Gatineau, QC, (2011); Britannia Gallery, Ottawa, ON (2010); Gallery La Petite Mort, “Here For There: Artists for Haiti”, Ottawa, ON (2010); Congress Street Gallery, Portsmouth, NH (2010); OWAA Gallery, ongoing exhibitions, Stittsville, ON (2009, 2010); Bella Aris Gallery, Nashville, TN (2009, 2010); Summa Gallery, New York, NY (2008-2010); Shenkman Art Centre, Orléans, ON, (2009); Carleton University, “Celebration: Canadian Visual Artists of Slavenic Heritage” (juried), Ottawa, ON (2009); etc.
Her works are being shown in galleries, businesses and exhibitions with her commissions being spread across private collections in Canada, the USA and Europe.
CARFAC (Canadian Artists’ Representation); Ottawa Mixed Media Artists; Visual Arts Ontario; Ottawa West Arts Association; Art East; Ottawa School of Art
Most Selling Artworks Award, at the Exhibition “Images on Canvas” to support the Centre Artisanal pour la Déficience intellectuelle de l’Outaouais (CADO) (2011); Recipient of the Viewer’s Choice Award, Exhibition “Images on Canvas” (2011); People’s Choice Award - 3rd place for “Make it Splash”, OWAA Gallery (2010); People’s Choice Award - 1st place for “Spring to Mind”, OWAA Gallery (2010); Juries Choice Award - Art East, (2002)
Interview by Tiffany Williams-Lepack from the EMC.