About artist Inese Poga and her art

Art is my passion, my shelter and my cure.

Art has always been a big part of my existence; I have been drawing and painting for more than 40 years, in fact, all my life long.

As an artist and art teacher I can see the benefits of creativity every single day: it is a blessing being surrounded by colors, inspiring images and beauty. It is an advantage to feel the positive energies flowing throughout the studio and my entire living space. By creating one thing at a time we can achieve big goals.

As a medical writer and researcher, I can see the positive impact of creation on our physical body and our mental states and spirits. Medical research itself is not positive, and it requires dealing with unpleasant data and upsetting facts frequently. Art and creative activities take care about balance in my life.

Since I started to teach back in 1985 straight after graduating from the University, I’ve learned a lot not only about art, painting and design, but also about teaching. It is not enough to be a good artist in order to teach others. A teacher has to master many different aspects of their craft. Psychological expertise and knowledge of teaching techniques is crucial in order to achieve good results. Well, and experience is very important, too. I have it in abundance.

I am sharing some advice on drawing and painting, some tips for both, art teachers and art students, I am also sharing my own techniques and secrets to become sufficient in drawing and painting. Well, there are no secrets, in fact, most artistic things are achieved by practicing, learning and discovering new ways.

My personal style in art is best described as romantically inclined realism or realistically inclined romanticism. My art displays emotionally enhanced captures of my favorite objects: landscapes, still lives, flowers, plants and nature scenes, however, I don’t paint reality. I am painting and drawing my vision about the existence and this world. I used to draw portraits of my schoolmates, classmates, University friends and later my daughter and relatives. In order to draw a good portrait, I need to like and know that person. I do not use photos.

I have my own art gallery in the downtown of Whitby, Ontario. There is also a studio where I am giving my popular art and painting classes. I have Master’s degree in Education, Psychology and Linguistics. I speak, write, read and understand at a native level 4 languages. English is not my native language, I’m originally from Latvia, Europe. The first BA degree I earned in German language and literature. I have published lots of essays, poems and stories in Latvian, German and English. They are available online and in printed magazines and books.

I am somebody who is extremely realistic and down to the earth, yet, I allow my creative and artistic side to unfold.

I believe I was born with creative and art talents, although, nobody in my family paints or does something art related. I started drawing when I was 3. Nobody ever taught me, but when I was old enough to attend school, I found out that my drawings of garden, plants, flowers and portraits of my sister and neighborhood kids were performed very well for my young age. Already as a very young kid, I was drawing everything so that it looked three-dimensional.

I continued creating a painting or drawing  a day and reading one book every single day for many years until I was about 18. Studies at the University took most of my time afterwards. I suppose, I continued learning because nobody ever put pressure on me, not even my parents or teachers.  I was basically on my own, and I could do whatever I preferred. The necessity to create art, paint and draw was always in and with me.

Art is all around us: we just pick one scene at a time.

Flowers and plants provide with abundance of art inspiration.

Art should be uplifting, poetic, thoughtful, endlessly beautiful and always taking to a higher level of human experience. That’s at least my definition of art.

183 Replies to “About artist Inese Poga and her art”

  1. I am blown away by all the new artwork you’ve created since I last saw you. Your rich colors and varied themes are just beautiful.

  2. Inese, thank you for your comment and visiting me. I love your work and I am sure that there is plenty for me to learn from you. I’ll post in the next day or so another two pictures I have painted this week of Jerusalem in Oil in my evening class and I would appreciate your comment. I have no doubt that I’ll visit you again and again.

  3. Hi. When I saw your “follow” on the Christmas site, I had to hop over here and meet you. Your site is absolutely LOVELY. And, my, what great work you do! I am primarily a writer and a musician, but I have wanted to paint and just never thought I could. But — thanks to a couple of artists who have videos on public television — I got energized this past year, and I have at least begun — very inexpert, but I do it for fun and relaxation. I can’t wait until I have more time to come over here and stay for a longer visit. I honestly like everything you have on here, but so far my favorites are “Kitchen Symphony,” “Far Away,” and “Backyard Scene.” You are obviously living your dream, and that’s so exciting.

    Christmas blessings to you.

  4. Thank you Sandra so much for your absolutely fantastic comment. I started to follow your site because I love Christmas and everything about Christmas. It is one of those moments when my inspiration and ability to create something reach the highest levels. It’s everything: some sadness, some nostalgia, a lot of joy and feeling of miracles happening around us, some tears for people who have passed away, big rush getting all Christmas gifts and the indescribably great feeling of being able to give something to others. The pleasure of giving has always meant so much more for me than the delight of receiving. Decorating rooms, windows and porch is such an enjoyable pursuit, not to mention the preparation of all wonderful Christmas treats and foods.
    I wish you the best of luck with your writing, music and painting!
    Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks Melissa for visiting my blog, as well. This site doesn’t contain much of my work, but, as you noticed, yes, I love bold color just like you do. However, I’m also doing recently some not that bold stuff. Thanks so much!

  5. Wow! Your art is gorgeous 🙂 Keep creating. You inspire us to take a closer look at the world around us. Thanks so much for the follow.

  6. Thank you for visiting and following my blog “Eyes to Heart.” Your work is beautiful. Colourful. Alive! With a touch of whimsy. That’s what I see. 😉 … Happy New Year! Dorothy 🙂

  7. signorina Inese, thank you for following my blog. your work is beautiful The colours and the texture just pops out with a softness. Lovely. Looking forward to viewing more.
    Hope spring comes soon in Whitby.

      1. Yes. It’s warmed up nicely. The cherry blossoms have started to bud. In a few weeks it will be in full bloom followed by magnolias. It’s a beautiful spring sight. Fills the heart.
        Have a great weekend.
        Hugs and howls.

        1. Oh my, that’s just fantastic. It’s hard to believe in a terrible weather like this we are still having there will be any magnolias blossoming soon. Oh well, this time will come and I will paint flowers in the garden again. Thanks and enjoy because there’s nothing more beautiful than the arrival of the blooming season.

  8. greetings, ill have to thank gigi for reflagging your recent post for bringing us together. your artwork is quite beautiful, even more amazing to think that you had no formal training.ty for liking my recent posts that included my artwork, those are the first drawings i’ve attempted in decades, i’m still finding ‘my eyes’ lol

    1. Thanks! I have to admit everybody was very nice and helped me out with this issue. I’m a big believer in doing. I have also noticed there are people who really have to learn to draw and so on, and there are the other ones who just took a pencil some time and went ahead drawing. There were no artists in my family, and nobody ever told me to draw or paint or explained how to do it. I started to draw when I was about 6, I simply liked it. I also did not do side-view drawings like kids often do, but started right away with 3-dimensional ones. Between ages 8 and 14 I read a book a day and draw or painted a painting a day. Once again, nobody told or asked me to do so. There was no internet those times, which means, nobody ever told me those drawings were any good, but they were just like these recent ones, I mean, it seems I had the feel for composition and other stuff already when I was just a kid.
      Well, I think painting or drawing is something which really requires to do it. Nobody can become any better by watching somebody else painting or reading about it. The more you do, the more efficient you become.
      I wish I had more time for painting because the main source of my income is medical research, writing and translations. I’ve been at the top of all medical translators who work in my language pairs (Latvian – English; English – Latvian and German – Latvian) for about 7 years or so, and I have devoted to this activity about 28 or close to 30 years. That’s how it goes: I run from computer to easel, to kitchen, out to the garden (when the weather is good), back to computer, again to easel or drawing table, and I can spend only a small bit of time on anything since I’m giving about 5 classes a week.
      Thank you very much for your nice comment, and just keep drawing, results will come as you do it!

      1. well, it sounds as though yours is a true gift, and you’re right, there is only one way to improve, to continue to train our eyes to ‘see’, see the details others do not. the epitome of what it is to be an artist.

        good on you for accomplishing so much with what you were given, it’s wonderful to see.

  9. Inese, I take my hat off to you, you are a great success story. Thank you for the follow on my own wee blog, it is greatly appreciated. If you have any requests or suggestions just let me know. Do you paint form photographs? MM 🍀

      1. Oh good that WordPress (I assume it was them?) closed her website! It is reassuring to know that there is some “justice” and measures were taken!! Glad to hear that.

        1. WordPress community is really supportive when it comes to issues like this one. It’s good to have a blog on this platform. However, there were owners of the stolen art who told they were going to take legal actions. Basically, such things usually don’t last long, one cannot thrive on other’s efforts forever. So, yes, there’s some justice.

        2. Very pleased to hear that. I am fairly new to WordPress but I get a nice feeling. And this confirms my feeling 🙂
          Have a lovely day. The sun just came out in Paris after a lot of rain.

    1. Thanks! That’s what I am painting. I love colors, lines and balance. All lines in my paintings are completed, I don’t paint sharp edges, and I believe that the painted image must have an interior “flow”. I also never use black. Black represents “no light”, and I’m avoiding it intentionally. My paintings are mostly about the energy they irradiate, and it’s not correct to say they are realistic; because they simply are not. It’s energy what I’m painting, and I am using some recognizable shapes and scenes to convey this idea: balance, completeness, abundance, light and good energy. Very simple, thanks for stopping by.

    1. Thank you! It’s amazing how you noticed that romantic touch. Sometimes people assume it’s reality I’m drawing or painting, but it actually is a bit idealized world which I’m trying to create with my works. Your comment is much appreciated!

  10. I love your art!! It is so beautiful! 🙂 You are really blessed with an amazing talent! 🙂 I love painting too, but I am not so good at it, I paint more for self-expression than to make something beautiful 🙂 Hope you will have a lovely creative day ahead! 🙂

    1. Thanks Line! I’ve been completely in all kinds of arts and creative stuff since early childhood! It just was in me already, so had to learn bringing it out! Painting for self-expression is as good as painting for any other reason! It makes your life richer and every day can present with some discovery! I wish you a new creative day, too!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! I would love to move to California because I’m always better off in warmer temperatures, but it seems fairly impossible. Canadian fall weather is already setting in, so I’m in the sunny California in my thoughts!

        1. The weather can affect many conditions and our emotional and physical states. I have seen how well some medical conditions behave in less humidity and under pleasant temperatures, including type 1 diabetes which seems to be completely unrelated to the weather, but it actually is related via water and energy consumption and internal metabolism up to the cell level. I’ve been always very sensitive to any natural cycles like seasonal changes or weather abnormalities, I have no doubt your daughter is much better in such a climate as in California.

  11. Thanks for stopping by my page – glad you did. I enjoy your work and see some gift ideas for next Christmas already!! I start as soon as I finish the current year, the only I can do it. 😉

        1. I had to stop to think – I am getting old – lol – ….perfecting getting things done before Christmas, my goal is to have most if not all gifts done before Thanksgiving so I start for the following year as soon as I am done with the current one – so Christmas is always on my mind. And I guess you too, to be so busy and do such beautiful work. You are very talented.

        2. Thank you! I am unfortunately the last minute person, with everything and always, but I always get it done. I suppose I get more energy and more inspiration when I know there’s no time left to think whether I am going to do something or not. I can jump in. Good for you that you can start everything timely, I think, it’s great when somebody can it that way. Well, we all are different, and that’s good, too! Have a wonderful holiday season and very Merry Christmas!

  12. I love what you say about creating and healing. That has been my experience. So nice to meet you. I was able to heal myself very deeply from a serious illness using these ideas. <3 Much love to you — Laurie

    1. Thanks Laurie! I have quite a few bad conditions which actually cannot be straightened out completely, so I have learned how to live with them. Art and creation of art, sewing, making different stuff and designing, etc. helps me go through all pain attacks, periods of terrible depression, desperation because of bad worsening and so on. I simply have chosen to make more people aware of how much artistic activities can add to everybody’s life.

      1. I love that. I am just finishing up a little journal book to encourage others to express. I took a lot of pictures and wrote out a lot of insights about my own journey.. Then I dropped all of it in my first book and just shared my creative expressions through little poems. Then I wanted to share just a little more about my process.. but not so much my own photos and story.. but leaving space for others to explore their own. <3 So nice to cross paths with you. <3 I have had my share of illness and depression.. now I have a different perspective when the same symptoms appear.. because I stuck with this process.
        Much love always,

        1. Thanks Laurie! Creative ways of expressing ourselves support us a lot! Always, when nothing else can help. I believe you’re following my blog, I haven’t checked the stats recently. I would usually follow those blogs which follow me and mutually like their stuff, as well. Happy holidays!

  13. Beautiful Artwork Inese … I was never officially taught anything about Art.. And although I was helped by a wonderful teacher when I was between the ages of 8 to 11 to be creative with art at my junior school that was it.. I wanted to go to art school, but I was the eldest of 5 and my parents were not well off, so I went to work in a factory sewing at the age of 15..One week after leaving school back in the 60’s .. 🙂 But it all was part of the Universal plan.. 🙂

    I look forward to further exploring your blog in the New year..
    Blessings Sue

    1. Thanks! Happy New Year to you, too! I’m usually following blogs which content or pictures, or writing I consider attractive or interesting. I appreciate when people follow back because WP is a community thing and that means mutual involvement, not one-sided likes, etc. I hope you’ll find my blog interesting enough to follow it, as well.

  14. My dear Inese, you are such an inspiration!! I made a collage for International Women’s Day of some of the women I admire and inspire me! I hope you like the photo I chose of you; I love daisies!

    Thank you for being part of my blogging adventure!!

    ♥ carmen

        1. Maybe I have used up all widgets, didn’t see such option, will have to check some time. Right now busy typing lots of texts in dentistry. I am doing all kinds of medicals, from pharmaceuticals, clinical trials and discharge summaries to huge manuals for eye surgery devices, ultra sound imaging devices and brain vessel catheters. That way. I have to know everything which takes a lot of research and expertise.

        2. I don’t know. It simply damages eyes and makes one stiff. I rush these jobs because of deadlines and then I have no jobs or take no jobs for a while because it’s difficult. This is for medical professionals and I need to specialize in everything, but it keeps my brain very sharp. Thankfully, I can recall some terms which needed 8 years ago, like yesterday, I recall the exact file and customer and find it easily. I think it trains memory and mind a lot and that’s the only reason I like this type of job because it’s not well paid (high competition), although, it’s a very difficult type of writing and translation and involves making up new terms and explaining previously non-existent terms to medical specialists in Latvia.

        3. Sounds complex.. But when one gets used to it it becomes second nature.. I would imagine the back and fingers ache… I ache today more sitting on the PC than a full day in the garden 🙂

        4. It can be complex, it can be so that I sit and cry because I cannot make myself type any longer which can be 14 hours a day. Back, hands, arms, neck, shoulders, eyes, everything. It’s not a good way to live, but we all need some money.

  15. I don’t know whether it’s just me or if perhaps everyone else
    experiencing issues with your blog. It seems like some of the text in your posts are running off
    the screen. Can someone else please comment and let me know if this is
    happening to them too? This might be a problem
    with my internet browser because I’ve had this happen before.

  16. I love your artwork, I work in the creative field, but have no talent for drawing whatsoever…I tried. I wanted to be able to paint so badly.
    I was born in Europe as well, right on the border between Austria and Italy. So koennen wir uns gerne auch in Deutsch unterhalten 🙂
    Nice to meet you~!

    1. Thanks for returning the visit! I strictly believe everybody can learn draw, it’s just so we first need to learn seeing things. If you were here I would make out of you a real artist. Ich spreche auch Deutsch. In fact, I have my first MA degree in German language and literature. I cannot type on this keyboard without switching it over which I don’t want to do since I need also my native Latvian keyboard. Nice to meet you, as well, and I’d be happy you have a look at the lifeschool blog some time. https://inesepogalifeschool.com/

  17. Hello Inese. Thank you for dropping by my blog and liking my Eagle painting. After reading your bio I can see you are an accomplished woman with an extraordinary talent for painting. Beautiful work! I I was absent from painting for over thirty years. I forgot how therapeutic painting is. Thank you for sharing your work. Kevin

  18. Have you tried selling on ebay? They’re free to list, including photo & description – only charge a small percentage if it sells. Have used it to sell everything from my old dance costumes to sofas (larger items I sold for pick up only, not to be mailed). Its easy – the first post takes a little time to figure out how to do, but all is downhill after that. Just a thought.

    1. I haven’t, but I looked at it. I don’t have that many easy to or inexpensively to ship items and I also do not make prints. The other aspect is that it is so huge. I am already on a few large sites, and it doesn’t seem to be working too well. I had a few ideas, but they didn’t get executed just because I was unable to do anything. I am still very very tired most of the time. It is an accumulated tiredness from all pills and treatments. It’s going to take a while to return to normal. I’m still on medications until the end of Sept. I will have to start fresh when this is over. I certainly have to do videos. I am trying to figure out how to do this on my own. Painting is not like one sits in front of the screen and talks, it takes the right angles, the right tools and lights. Lights might be my most sensitive issue. Winter is coming, and that means very little daylight.

Your comment is greatly appreciated