Irina Rumyantseva is one of Art2Arts’ most popular painters. She talks us through her process, from her strict artistic training in St Petersburg, to her advice for young artists just starting out.

Inspicere by Irina Rumyantseva
Did you go to art college? If so, where, and what was your experience like?
I went to St Petersburg University in Russia. I studied art and graphic design. My teacher was very inspirational and very strict. I learn’t so many different techniques, it was completely different to the way artists are taught here.
 
How did your interest in painting develop?
I was always interested in painting from a very early age. I was painting when I was in kindergarten! It developed into a keen hobby at home and then into studies of fine art. Then I was encouraged to take it up professionally after University.

How do you choose your subjects?

The subjects I choose completely depend on the experiences I have had recently and how I feel at that particular moment.

What are your favourite types of paints to use.
I use acrylics and sometimes watercolours on canvas or watercolour paper. But mostly acrylic on canvas.


Serious Cow by Irina Rumyantseva
What other jobs have you had?
I made pottery and other ceramics after University and then I was a graphic designer for a sportswear company in St Petersburg.

Do you ever get creative blocks, and if so, how do you deal with them?
If I get a block I stop until it comes back to me. It often doesn’t take very long.


What advice do you have to young artists just starting out?
I would tell them to not give up even when it seems like nothing will go in your favour. Push yourself and you need to make yourself seen by shouting from the roof tops.

 

Thanks Irina!
 

See more of Irina Rumyantseva’s dynamic paintings at her Art2Arts profile page.

Red Poppies 3 by Irina Rumyantseva