Call me Lena, that’s how I sign all my paintings anyway. I am a 2010 Graduate of College of the Ozarks with a BA in Studio Art, Painting. I was raised in the mountains and plains of Colorado on small hobby farms, near agricultural towns. I have always loved art and animals.
When I was young I loved playing with puppies, kittens, goats, frogs, craw-dads, or even ant farms. I spent a lot of time taking care of baby animals that needed mommies. When I wasn’t playing with the critters I was getting down on all fours and barking, meowing and romping like one of them. I always wondered what it would be like to be an animal.
Coupled with my love for animals was my love for art. I used my experience and love for animals to study and draw their every whisker. Though I was drawing ever since I could hold a pencil, it wasn’t until the age of twelve I began experimenting with acrylic paint (which I still prefer). I have been entering shows and doing commissions ever since.
Some of my later work echoes the culture of the Missouri Ozarks, where I moved with my family in 2005. It was there that I learned about College of the Ozarks.
At College of the Ozarks I developed a style of realism, sometimes combined with gestural strokes or bright colors. I strive for strong compositions and unique perspectives coupled with a sense of ambiguity. Just as a child, I have a passion for the details and little treasures of the animal kingdom. I have a need to represent them for the miracles they are. Often my paintings of farm animals or nature echo Christian concepts with deep meanings to me.
Overall I strive to put the viewer in the subject’s world. Perhaps art is my new way to get into those other worlds that I once wanted so much to be a part of. Now all I have to do is paint my imaginations, and everyone can go there with me! It’s all in the Perspective!
AWARDS and Achievements:
2014: Commissioned for Pawn Stars portraits. Featured on show
2012: “Trust” painting bought by Ralph Foster Museum
2011: White River Art Exhibit. Third Place.
2010: Featured artist at Mountain Grove Arts Council art show.
2010: White River Art Exhibit. First Place. Juror and judge, Manuela Welloffman.
2009: White River Art Exhibit. Hubie and Alice Edward Award. Juror and judge, Aaron Jones, Public Tour Program Coordinator Crystal Bridges- Museum of American Art.
2009: 2nd , 3rd place and Honorable Mention, Art League of the Ozarks.
2009: Guest Artist, Arkansas Valley Fair, Rocky Ford, Colorado.
2009: Champion and Reserved Grand Champion. Arkansas Valley Fair, Rocky Ford Co.
2009: Art Faculty Award, College of the Ozarks.
2008: Associates Art Studio Award, College of the Ozarks.
2004: Colorado State Fair juried art show.
2003: People’s Choice Award. Sangre de Cristo Art Center, La Veta, Colorado.
2002, 2nd place. Balloon Fest Art Show. Chamber of Commerce, Rocky Ford Colorado.