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I love what I work on, but hate what I finish because there’s always room for improvement. Painting is like capturing your soul. If I hear one criticism, it is like a stab in the heart. produce a very dark shade of blue. This represents a color with life to me. ” She is also, like many artists, very self-critical. “I love what I work on, but hate what I finish because there’s always room for improvement. Painting is like capturing your soul. If I hear one criticism, it is like a stab in the heart. I don’t like criticism so I try to repair it. I like to be alone when I paint so no one will be able to see it until it is finished,” says Irina. Irina experienced significant struggles in the past year. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at the end of 2010, and then spent the better portion of 2011 fighting and eventually winning her battle. Most would panic and fall into depression, but Irina overcame this obstacle with incredible courage, grace and class. After numerous surgeries and radiation treatments, she is back on top, focusing on her love of art and life as her first priorities. “When I’m not involved with my art, I love to travel because I feel free, and always want to learn and get inspired.” Extremely modest she would rather let her work speak for itself, and is not keen on self-promotion. She does not like to bother people to buy her paintings or to sell. However, she is protective of her work and requests that she always has the first option to repurchase if a client wants to sell her work. Irina lives life one day at a time and always smiles even when she’s faced with adversity. She lives life according to her favorite quote “Do what you like (for a living) and you will not have to work one day in your life”- Confucius For more information on this talented San Diego artist go to www.Negulescu.com

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ArtsNFashion Magazine Winter Issue 2011  

The arts can be an extraordinary vehicle for education and multi-cultural understanding, as well as a source of beauty and inspiration. Cove...