About Irene Mokra
I navigated my path into art after many years of searching. Originally from L’viv, Ukraine, I came to the U.S. to pursue graduate studies in business, economics, and anthropology at Wayne State University in Detroit while spending most of my weekends at the Detroit Institute of Arts, learning to draw from the masters. While working for the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation in Washington, DC, I applied my Ukrainian heritage and design skills by being involved in promotion of economic development of Ukraine through editorship of business publications. I renewed my interest in art after moving back to Michigan, by taking classes at the Ann Arbor Art Center and Washtenaw Community College and learning from Janet Kohler, Bob Banks, Mary Thiefels, Lea Bult, Sarah Clark Davis, Nick Reszetar, and others. I am a member of Ann Arbor Women Artists, Women’s Caucus for the Arts, the Great Lakes Pastel Society, Portrait Society of America, and Ukrainian-American Archives and Museum of Detroit. I exhibited my work at Wild Acorn Gallery in Manchester, MI, Dancing Dog Gallery, Ann Arbor District Library, Ella Sharp Museum, and multiple non-juried sites.
I derive inspiration from the depth and contrasts of color and by fantastic and surrealistic subjects. I am fascinated by human emotions and states of mind and also favor portraiture. I use charcoal, conte, pastels, and colored pencils as my mediums.