A New Beginning


How can we tell a well-known story, interpret it differently, and make it enjoyable still while everyone knows all about it in detail? Sunrise in nature symbolizes a new day to emerge, but it is much more in my visual narrative. It is a new beginning, an innovative start, and an exciting opportunity for a different experience. You can step into a warm, hugging calmness and relax your mind, or uplift your spirit with exhilarating hope and feed your soul with optimism and confidence. You can feel a physical and emotional balance, comfort, and security to make an essential next step, or you can sense a passion for exposing a new idea, learning a new truth, and touching a new heart with love and sincerity.    

With this collection, I invite viewers on a dynamic journey through a realm of imagination, beauty, and introspection. Exploring features of a new beginning associated with natural landscape sceneries and colors, I translate them into an abstract form that speaks directly to the human soul, evoking an emotional response. When our mind cannot associate the image with any familiar objects, it goes through shock at first. Forced to communicate with the soul to define what it sees, it picks up the challenge of translating the soul’s emotions and applying experiences from the past to interpret them. The effect of the colors is the starting point to communicate with the soul and encourage excitement. At the same time, the eyes are strongly attracted to the color spectrum, charmed with a warm and welcoming palette. The more sensitive the soul, the deeper emotions it will express. “A New Beginning” is a narrative of transformation.

“Color is a power that directly influences the soul… the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.” – Wassily Kandinsky

  I can relate to Kandinsky’s vision of a “spiritual reality in art,” and I like to work with a nonrepresentational form of abstraction to challenge the mind, seek an emotional response, and influence the viewers with pure inspiration. My artistic efforts incorporate psychological, philosophical, lyrical, and aesthetical components and associate my style for this project with abstract, symbolism, and aesthetic emotionalism.  


A New Beginning. Oil Painting on Stretched Canvas, 36″ x 3/4″ x 24″

This artwork was created based on A’Jasia Summerville’s photograph for the art show and exhibited at AT THE SPOT STUDIO GALLERY in April 2017. It is structured to mimic the colors and patterns of Sunrise in nature. It draws viewers with the vibrancy of colors, a sense of purpose, and inspiration.

A’Jasia Summerville. Sunrise, 2017


Exhilarated Hope. Oil Painting on Stretched Canvas, 30″ x 3/4″ x 24″

A spirit of a new beginning influences hope, exhilarated by the sense of purpose, and empowers despaired souls. The color palette creates a calming, engaging, and cheerful atmosphere.


Optimism and Confidence. Oil Painting on Stretched Canvas, 30″ x 3/4″ x 24″

A new beginning fulfills the mind with optimism and confidence. Colors inspire a positive attitude overshadowing the obstacles.


Excitement. Oil Painting on Stretched Canvas, 30″ x 3/4″ x 24″

This colorful, vibrant painting streams positive energy, comfort, enthusiasm, and inspiration.


Passion. Oil Painting on Stretched Canvas, 30″ x 3/4″ x 24″

Passion is one of the attributes of a new beginning associated with excitement, eagerness, and ambition to fulfill desired moments in life.


Affection. Oil Painting on Stretched Canvas, 30″ x 3/4″ x 24″

A new beginning spreads its influence and warmth to attract happiness and share the love with others.


“I am very excited to see your new energetic, lovely creations… These creations are very balanced with lovely colors. Awesome and speechless.” – Beenu Gupta, Visual Artist.

“From my point of realistic view, I do not know much about abstract, but I feel so energized about your body artwork. Your creativity is vibrant with imaginary forms of geometric aspects: your colors are very vivid with powerful and intense expression of the love of art. Your interpretation of the photo of Sunrise with your abstract of your New Beginning is astonishing. The rest of the paintings speak for themselves. I do not paint abstract, but I love what I see here.” – Ray (Erasmo) Signore, Realist Artist/ Painter/ Sculptor.

“The artist’s imagination is an empire that can live by everything; it can be born by a small thing and can live with nothing. The artist is able, thanks to his intelligence and his sense of perception, to transform a simple detail of nature into new knowledge, to give life new hope; Irina, it is with your magic wand, you did it well, thanks to these beautiful compositions of contrasting colors that release a breath of optimism, which excite us and give us want to seek the passion for loving even more and better.”Elloumi Mourad, International Artist.

“You certainly captured the Sunrise in the New Beginning painting—pallet and sense of awakening. Your work is thoughtful and intriguing …” – Jim Seitz, Artist/ Painter.

“Perfect! I love how you capture the emotional aspects – as we deal with emotions – and commingle them with the power project in your work. You know your mission.” – Scott Walt, Artist.



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