Her Watercolors, Acrylics, Pen and Inks
Born in New York City, Irina is the fourth generation of artists in her family. She has been painting watercolors for over 35 years.
While living in New England in the 90’s , Irina was instrumental in forming the Vermont Watercolor Society and was the President for three years. Today less than ten years later, the Society has flourished.
In 2001, Irina moved from Vermont to retire in France. All her work is now exhibited in her own gallery on her property. The property is located in the Correze near Beaulieu Sur Dordogne- five and half hours south of Paris by train. This area, often called the Riviera of the Limousin because of its mild climate, is teeming with ancient unspoiled villages which makes it imminently paint-able!
Irina’s gallery and this website are the only venues where you can purchase her very popular works.
The spectacular location of her studio and home has also become the center of her instructional workshops during the summer and the continuation of her painting holidays for professionals. (link to both brochures)
“My real love is to paint out of doors or en plein air where one must work quickly to catch the moment of light and shadow and absorb the many subtle shapes. This forces you to stretch yourself as an artist and show your true expression.”
You can contact Irina by email at Irina.Ohl@wanadoo.fr or call her at 011 33 5 55 91 26 49. From December to Mid-April, Irina can be reached at her home in Florida at 561 842 2545.
The watercolor illustration to the right is of a village called Curemonte near Irina’s home - in fact you can see it from her mountaintop location. It has been used by British film makers for stories about early France, but otherwise has changed little since it was built in the 12th century. The painting was painted en plein air from a high point just above the village. This location is one of the ones Irina visits when she conducts her workshops.
This is a partial picture of Irina’s house and terrace area where lunch is served. It overlooks the view, Curemonte and Puy D’Arnac and the salt water solar heated pool . To the left is the barn studio which also is the home for Irina’s gallery.