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Paintings from the heart by 
Irisha Golovnina 
A Hand Painted Work of Art
Just send me your favourite photograph and I will do my best to create a wonderful painting for you.​​
My very warm welcome to you!
My name is Irina Petrova (known as artist Irisha). 
I specialise in portrait paintings from photographs. 
I am originally from Russia but have been living and working in the UK for many years.
Paintings and drawings have always been my passion and
in 2010 I started to do it professionally.
I work with pastels and coloured pencils.
I accept commissions for all sorts of portraits including,  dog portraits , cat portraits , horse portraits  ,  children portraits and   family portraits  .
I have very creative approach to my artwork and I am happy to combine different photos into one painting or add a bit of humour. Of course if you prefer I can produce a classic style portrait.

You can commission a portrait of a much-loved person, child or family. I would do my best to create a very special painting for you.  You can see more samples of my work in my People Gallery .

I use only high quality materials in my art works and will do my best to create for you a very detailed true to life portrait / painting. ​
A lot of my customers are situated far away from me but this is not a problem, all the communication can be done via e-mail or phone and when the portrait is ready and approved by the customer I can organise special delivery. 
Amazing gift for your family and friends! 

If you are looking for a unique present, a bespoke painting could be a really good idea!
Portraits are drawn from your photographs. It doesn’t matter whether they are digital or non-digital, I can work from both types.
It is very helpful if you can send me a selection of pictures which will give me a better idea of what a particular person or pet is really like.
If you would like a commission in time for a special occasion such as a birthday or Christmas please order in advance and let me know the deadline.

I can combine characters/subjects from different photos into one painting.
If you would like to commission a portrait or have got any questions please contact me .

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If  a classic style portrait is not for you, I am happy to create a scene using different photos that I can  combine into one painting. Surrounding, accessories and other details can be added to the characters. We will need to have a preparation discussion and sort out the right photos and also discuss a lot of details but the results can be quite fascinating! 
Here you can see a few samples of my creative portraits/paintings.
Here they are the famous Squiddly, Diddly and Freddie! Simon Cowell's favourite dogs :), ready to watch Britain's Got Talent.

This painting called "Bus Stop" was inspired by the incredible character of an English Bulldog.
I really enjoyed creating this painting and was very happy with the final result.

​​Here are some close up pictures to demonstrate how detailed the paintings are.
The more details I can see on the photos, the more detailed painting I can create.
Another creative painting of mine is called "Family" and represents a very sophisticated family of Basset Hounds. 
Here are a few details of the painting

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