2017 Winter Park Paint Out Artist  



"Barnies and Umbrellas"
6x6, Oil on Canvas (1895)

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Irina Kovnacka Ashcraft

Winter Springs, FL


"When I paint, my goal is not to replicate my subject exactly, but rather to reflect the impressions and moods brought on by the moment, sometimes exaggerating the colors or shapes of my focus. I use my artwork as a source of expressing personal perception of the world and also as a way of communication with a spectator, where colors serve as words. The value of this dialogue is in its universal language."



Artwork from the 2017 Paint Out

"Golden Hour"
36x36, Acrylic on Canvas (1941)
$2800 plus tax

"Bamboo & Bougainvillea"
24x12, Oil on Canvas Panel (1978)

"Tugboat & the Bird"
6x6, Oil on Canvas Panel (2006)
$300 plus tax

"Morning at the Secret Garden"
6x6, Oil on Canvas Panel (2007)
$300 plus tax

"The Spice & Tea Exchange"
6x6, Oil on Canvas Panel (2008)
$300 plus tax

"Iris Walk"
16x12, Oil on Canvas Panel (2009)
$800 plus tax

"Night Lights"
8x10, Oil on Canvas Panel (2010)
$600 plus tax

"Peace and Quiet"
12x12, Oil on Canvas Panel (2067)
$750 plus tax

"Setting Fast"
9x12, Oil on Canvas Panel (2068)
$600 plus tax

Background Information

Irina Kovnacka Ashcraft was born in 1976 in Latvia, where she received her undergraduate fine arts degree in Oil Painting from the Latvian Academy of Art. Irina came to Orlando, Florida, in 1999, and now makes her home there. She has since been presenting her work at many local and international galleries and art shows. Irina also combines her artist's career with teaching art; this is her tenth year doing so at the Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park, Florida.

Most notable, however, has been Irina's success as an emerging fine artist on Sothebys.com. Her auction sales records are listed in the prestigious MAYER 2000-03 International Auction Guide (renamed Artprice.com since 2005), which is a must in order to be considered by serious collectors. Irina's paintings are collected worldwide and are displayed in galleries, corporate offices and private homes in the USA, Europe, Asia and South America.

Working mostly with oils, watercolors and acrylics, Irina experiments with different genres, including still life, landscape, portrait, and figure. She enjoys working en plein air, and living in Florida allows her to do this almost year around.

Awards and Exhibitions

  • 2007 - Poster Artist, Winter Park Autumn Art Festival
  • 2006 - Exhibition at the Gallery on Cork Street, London, United Kingdom
  • 1999 to 2003 - Emerging Artist on www.sothebys.com, New York, New York. Work Listed in Mayer's International Fine Arts Auction Records.
  • Work published in Art News and Arts and Antiques magazines.



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