About Me

     I have over 20 sketchbooks where I collect and play ideas. Some complex and beautiful paintings are born from a single line on a page.

(photo from my studio)

My work can be termed visual journalism. I observe people and nature, in turn the resulting feelings and thoughts are interpreted by my imagination.

I have three children and motherhood is a tremendous part of my life.

(photo from my studio)

Different ideas come to me at any time of the day or night. Some are immediately forgotten and some live on. When I work in my studio the world around me ceases to exist. I am immersed in a special condition similar to meditation.

I enjoy experimenting by combining various elements, styles and mediums. I feel joy when I'm able to unify diverse pieces into a harmonious whole.

I love to practice traditional art forms.

(custom 24x36 oil painting)

I like experimental art and blending techniques. For example,
I make alternative books,


(the piece is in a private collection)

3D wall art with metal,

( hand pewter embossing)

I use found objects, as well,

( the artwork is in a private collection)

I have exhibited my work in various cities and countries. They have been shown in cafes, galleries and art shows. I always get a positive response reinforcing a positive loop. I am happy and feel abundant inspiration. I want to continue to create thought provoking art and share it.

      “Irina Malkmus was born and raised in Ukraine and now resides in Solvang, California.
As a child Irina found immense pleasure in drawing and painting. This became a passionate hobby as her interest in art grew.
After high school she wanted to study at art school, but those were difficult years in Ukraine and instead she graduated from medical college and became a nurse.
She did various work: at an orphanage, crisis telephone hotline, marketing and tattoo artist. During this time she also managed to take some art classes.
 While studying and working she met her future husband and moved to America. Here she developed her skills by taking art classes and working in her studio.
Irina uses several mediums including; oil, acrylics, pastels, watercolor, mixed-media, found objects, pewter... She expresses herself as she has evolves through personal experiences.
Principally she is inspired by her rich imagination. She works in realism, synthetic cubism, surrealism and has an eclectic style.
Her concept of art is a visual interpretation of human emotions, feelings and thoughts."

                                                                                                          ( J.William )




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