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Irina Pronina Moscow, Russia

Artist Irina Pronina paints light-filled watercolor still lifes and landscapes of the Russian countryside. She was born and raised in Moscow, and began studying art at a young age. Following her passion for painting, she attended the prestigious Higher School of Folk Arts in St. Petersburg, where she trained to be a master silk painter. After graduating, she spent several years creating artworks on silk, however, she found that the traditional technique did not further her search for her own style. Inspired by a group of modern Russian watercolorists, Irina discovered her enthusiasm for the flowing medium. "The possibilities of watercolor – the dynamism and beauty of the iridescence – constantly inspire new paintings," says Irina. Today, she paints full-time from a home studio located on her terrace, with large windows and lots of natural light. In her free time, she enjoys needlework, which she describes as a matter for the soul.

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    About The Artist

    Artist Irina Pronina paints light-filled watercolor still lifes and landscapes of the Russian countryside. She was born and raised in Moscow, and began studying art at a young age. Following her passion for painting, she attended the prestigious Higher School of Folk Arts in St. Petersburg, where she trained to be a master silk painter. After graduating, she spent several years creating artworks on silk, however, she found that the traditional technique did not further her search for her own style. Inspired by a group of modern Russian watercolorists, Irina discovered her enthusiasm for the flowing medium. "The possibilities of watercolor – the dynamism and beauty of the iridescence – constantly inspire new paintings," says Irina. Today, she paints full-time from a home studio located on her terrace, with large windows and lots of natural light. In her free time, she enjoys needlework, which she describes as a matter for the soul.

    Artist Statement

    Floral moments are a constant source of inspiration for me. The character and individuality of the floral image in this moment is what I strive to convey in my works. But not just to draw inflorescences and leaves, but to convey feelings, impressions, light – after all, this is a moment! The glare of dew on the leaves, the rhythms of light reflection on the petals, the light haze of fog – this is what makes this moment unique. And, standing still for a second, we can enjoy the moment – feel the light, the wind, the shades of smells around us. With the help of color, I strive to convey the uniqueness of this moment with tonal transitions, bright accents, and the depth of shadows. In the warm season, I often work in the open air, trying to accurately "grab" the moment with a brush.

    Watercolors are currently my main material for creating paintings. The possibilities of this material, the dynamism and the beauty of the overflows – this is what inspires and helps me to convey the idea of the work to the fullest. With each new painting, watercolors are revealed to me from a new side, and I am ready to discover the secrets and possibilities of this material that I have not yet explored.

    Hear What Collectors Say About Irina's Work

    commentsLilac Twigs
    L Wisniewski purchased this artwork. 7/8/2021 | 8:44 PM

    Absolutely a beautiful watercolor. Lilacs are my favorite flower, and the colors in this painting are exquisite. I didn’t know where to hang it, I just knew that I was filled with joy every time I looked at it on line. Thank you Irina for your gorgeous work!

    Irina Pronina 4/25/2021 | 7:14 AM

    Dear friends, I am pleased to announce that my watercolor painting will participate in the Watercolor International Exhibition from 20 to 30 May 2021 in the Pyrenees (France). I am very happy to participate in this event. Currently, the Covid 19 situation in France is still serious and the country is in quarantine. For that reason, organizers have decided not to open the show to the public but arrange to promote on social media. Unfortunately, no physical visit accepted. All paintings will be framed and hung at the studio from May 15 to 30 for 3 sessions. The images will be publicized on social media (website www.aquarellepyreneene.com, facebook https://www.facebook.com/art.pyreneen, insta…). Anyway, it is a great honor for me to be one of the representatives of Russia at this large-scale event.

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