2018 Winter Park Paint Out Artist  



"Bamboo Bougainvillea"
24x12, Oil on Canvas Panel (2185)

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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 2018 Paint Out

"First Rays at Trinity Prep"
12x24, Oil on Canvas Panel (2217)

"The Pride of the Trellis"
12x12, Oil on Canvas Panel (2246)

"In Full Bloom"
9x12, Oil on Canvas Panel (2248)

"Hello There!"
14x11, Oil on Canvas Panel (2255)

"Bloomin' Again"
7x5, Oil on Canvas Panel (2276)

"Golden Afternoon"
10x8, Oil on Canvas Panel (2320)

"Sunset for Garry"
8x8, Oil on Canvas Panel (2325)

"Sunset for Two"
8x8, Oil on Canvas (2326)

"Farm Gal's Paradise"
12x16, Oil on Canvas Panel (2368)

"Meet Me for Dinner"
6x6, Oil on Canvas Board (2385)

"Afternoon at Briar Patch"
6x6, Oil on Canvas Board (2386)

"Bamboo Garden"
12x24, Oil on Canvas Board (2409)

"Keeping Watch"
14x11, Oil on Canvas Board (2432)

"Day's End at Kraft Azalea"
12x12, Oil on Canvas Panel (2451)

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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