Inspired by cats Irina Garmashova. Russian artist Irina Garmashova (Garmashova-Cawton) studied at the Art Academy of St. Petersburg, then began a successful professional career. Pictures of the artist has been exhibited in St. Petersburg, Holland, Germany and England. Paintings by Irina are found around the world in private collections. To create the paintings the artist uses oil paints, pastels, pencils and watercolors. Favorite topic for Irina are pets, and, in particular, cats. She has lived in the UK for 9 years.