Drawing and Painting have been a central part of my life since I could first hold a pencil and move it across the paper. I have been fortunate to live my life in two countries, capturing their very different scenes in watercolor, oil, or pencil. I have taken many photos of the places I have lived in or visited, and I have drawn (and painted) many pictures. The photographs, for the most part, remain in their albums, and if I open the album to look, they remind me of those things that I have seen, but those things that I have drawn remain with me. I don’t need to look at the picture I created in order to remember each one in vivid detail. When you draw something, you become intimately involved with it for that short period of time, and the creative process brings you together with the scenery or the object that you are drawing in a most personal way. It becomes meditation in which you become so totally involved with your drawing that you lose track of time and become centered and at peace. It’s a gift.
Elana is a native of New York State, growing up in a small town on Lake Erie. She received a BFA in studio art from Syracuse University and an MFA in studio art and art education from the College of New Rochelle. In 1983 she moved to Jerusalem Israel where she lived for the next 21 years, painting and exhibiting her work. She was a drawing and painting instructor at the prestigious Charles Smith High School for the Arts. Upon returning to the United States, she continued to teach and to paint.
Elana now resides in Cambridge New York and paints landscapes of this beautiful countryside.