From the Far East of Russia, Irina Kruglyakova came to Canada in 2009. She was born in a small village surrounded by thick wild forest, so beauty of nature was her first knowledge of our world. This understanding has not changed throughout her life in Russia and in Canada.
Irina has been making art as long as she can remember. All her life she has been sketching constantly. Her biggest loves and interests have always included nature in such activities as hiking, climbing and wild life viewing. In 1990 these interests became her profession as a wildlife guide interpreter, which she pursued until her move to Canada. Irina graduated from the Correspondence Popular University of Art, Vladivostok, Russia as a graphic designer in 1979. She then worked as a graphic designer in Russia for 14 years.
Irina’s work includes portraits of people and animals, images of places and objects that she sees on her many hikes throughout Alberta and in Edmonton’s streets, parks and river valley. To accompany her sketching and painting, Irina writes stories. These visual and verbal processes complete her works of art.