For me, it's all about energy: bold and expressive landscapes, colourful cityscapes, painterly and energetic seascapes. I spent many years training and performing clown and improv comedy, learning how to be present and in the moment and to capture the energy of first thoughts. Whether painting large canvases or my little itty bitty #minidumas, I aim to work spontaneously and to pay attention to my impulses and emotions.
I love being outdoors. I paint in oils and gouache from photos I have taken while hiking, wandering, or traveling. I use vibrant colour, exuberant gestures, big bold brushstrokes and shapes. I want my work to delight the viewer's eyes - the composition to draw you in, and then like good theatre, take you away on a journey, transform you, and leave you feeling just a little bit better. And always, maintaining a sense of playfulness, optimism and, innocence.
Irene is a multidisciplinary artist who since 2016 has turned her attention to fine art and oil painting. Drawing inspiration from her training in improv comedy and clowning, her work is characterized by its playfulness, spontaneity, and rhythmic movement. Whether painting large canvases or her signature itty bitty #minidumas, her bold, painterly strokes exude energy and delight the eye with their vibrant colour and charm.
Irene has a Fine Art History degree from the University of Toronto and studied illustration at Parsons School of Design in NYC. Drawn to the energy and raw natural beauty of Newfoundland, she moved from Toronto to St. John’s in 2008. Her artwork is collected internationally, and has been included in juried shows, including ``Salvage`` at Woody Point, and the Arts & Letters Awards at The Rooms, and she is a sought after oil painting teacher.
Blackhead in Bloom (sold)
La Manche in Flowers