Story originally appeared in Indy Maven
Irina Smulevitch is an accomplished and award-winning watercolor painter who also excels at custom commissions, but what she’s most proud of is sharing her vast knowledge with her students at the Carmel Art Education Studio, her self-made business located in the Village of WestClay.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR ARTWORK?
My artwork is a mirror of my feelings and an interpretation in color of my emotions and life experiences—so sometimes it is bright and cheerful, and sometimes it’s more monochromatic.
WHAT MEDIUM(S) DO YOU PRIMARILY USE IN YOUR ART?
I prefer watercolor because of the fluidity, the unexpected results and improvisation—like jazz music, one tune can have so many voices and different instruments. Sometimes I create with pastels as well; I love to touch the paper and feel the colors on the tips of my fingers.
HOW DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?
I find my inspiration in music, in nature and in everyday life. I believe that you can find beauty everywhere around you if you’re looking for it and ready to appreciate it.
Irina Smulevitch is most proud of sharing her vast knowledge with her students at the Carmel Art Education Studio.
The Village is a national leader in New Urbanism with communities from all over the country visiting to learn how to duplicate it.
The roundabout is located on Horseferry Road, just south of Main Street, within the Village of West Clay and features a beautifully landscaped roundabout with a fountain in the center and manicured hedges amid a sea of green.