Mina Smirnova

Self Portrait 1

This is candid photograph transformed into a digital art, air brush experiment. I love clouds and vivid colors.

Artist Statement:

I love painting my friends as the subject for my art pieces since college days and the theme reflects their personality in some manner. Artistically, the current paintings combine Art Nouveau and influences from Gustave Dore. The paintings are often large ranging from 24×36 to 30×76.


My careers were involved in social work then got into marketing and event  photography.

Clients have included:

American Legacy Foundation/INFKT Truth Program; Sanofi-Aventis, Susan G. Koman Race; Purina, Beneful Premium Dog Food Launch; U.S. Army, NHRA National Race; Volkswagon, North America Dealer Conference; Charter One Bank, N.A., Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island Concerts. Fremantle Media, Video Production Assistant, Swan Casting – Milwaukee; Timberland/Guerrilla Team Marketing, Video Production Assistant,  Timberland Focus Groups.


I  later added spokemodeling to my resume  representing various products and companies through event promotions, hosting, trade shows and  conventions.


My personal time includes volunteering in my community at nursing homes, Tango Tab, Salvation Army-Fort Work and Pinups for Pitbulls, practicing the cello, ballet conditioning, and gaming on PS4. I love to read and collect coffee table books. My job allows me to be an extrovert however I am an introvert and prefers being a home body when I am not volunteering.

Photograph for a hair salon project by photographer, Jeff Swanson

Self Portrait 2

Modeling portrait by photographer, Stephen Narens