Iryna Kastsova creates abundant floral compositions, portraits and vibrant seascapes in the style of impressionism, realism and expressionism. From early childhood, an inner need arose to convey my feelings: emotions, admiration for the beauty of nature, canvas, oil. Iryna saw herself only as an artist. She graduated from the Belarusian Academy of Arts. Iryna draws inspiration from the Impressionists and enjoys spending time in the fresh air, watching the beauty of nature. She likes to paint with oil on small and large canvas sizes. For seascapes and floral arrangements, Iryna uses research done on trips.
What initially drew you towards becoming an artist?
From early childhood I admired the beauty of nature and various details and differences in the faces of people.
What inspires you in your work, is there a driving factor that draws you to the easel?
I have always had a strong desire, a dream, to be able to depict my creative impressions on canvas. Of course other artists inspire me too.
Could you describe the process behind your art? How do you get from concept to execution?
A picture should appear in my head. Then I quickly draw the idea so that the concept has been captured. From there I start on the canvas using a spatula and brushes. Getting the basic shapes and colours bedded in, before later working on the finer details that bring it to life. I am very pleased that I can paint every day, discovering love and pleasure.
Could you describe your normal day as an artist? Have you set routines and rituals or is a more a case of when the moment is right you work?
I try to paint every day. If I have not been able to draw in a day, a feeling of dissatisfaction appears. Recognising that feeling within myself often serves as a motivator, but generally speaking I have developed a fluid process that is a continuation from the concept and it allows me to fill my days doing what I love
When it comes to creating your work, do you have a preferred medium, certain types of brushes or tools you love to use?
I always like to paint in oil on canvas, but sometimes I have to paint with acrylic or tempera. I use brushes of different sizes and hardness, a palette knife.
When it comes to the subject matter of your work, what draws you to those themes?
For a long time, I only liked impressionism and realism. This year I wanted to try abstraction. I like to paint landscapes, portraits, flowers.
Is there a fellow artist alive today that you admire? If so, why?
Earlier artists, such as Rubens, Velazquez, Renoir, Repin, Serov and Levitan. From contemporary artists, I like the work of Joseph Kote. Now there are a lot of other artists whose work I admire, but their names escape me at the moment.
Which of your artworks are you most proud of?
This sometimes happens after you photograph an artwork, process it and then post it on online. There is often a questioning feeling that, maybe, someone else could do this work. But in the end it is your creation and the many hours of time spent improving your skills and knowledge become visible to you. And of course there is always a sense of pride when someone buys your art. The acknowledgement by another party of your artwork does tend to create a sense of pride in the creative outcome.
What advice would you give to a young aspiring artist currently studying art?
I advise young artists to create, always focus on creating new work. But don't force yourself.
Have you ever been part of an artistic group / movement? How did your work benefit from that experience?
The art group, movement, for me was the Academy of Arts. Then there was freedom of action.
When is your next exhibition? Is it a solo or group exhibition? Could you tell us a little about the exhibition, when and where it is?
Now is not the best time for exhibitions. I live in Belarus. The borders are closed. I am glad that you can exhibit your work in online galleries.View Iryna's full collection - Original Paintings by Iryna Kastsova