Although she sometimes uses watercolours, Olga Shirokova prefers to work in oils. her subjects are various, ranging from landscape to still life. All show her atmospheric, fanciful style. She rejoices in the vivid colours of her subjects, as well as the enhanced spectrum supplied by her imagination. Her palette dances with light and reflections.
As well as being so much the product of her imagination, her technique is methodical. The paintings gare carefully built using layer upon layer of oil paint, giving a depth of richness of colour and composition with a sensually textured surface. She will normally work on several paintings simultaneously, moving from one to another, to allow each layer to dry appropriately before adding more paint or working on the surface.