It reminds me of my garden, which is really looking good right now.
She uses many different kinds of media, but says that she loves watercolors for their immediate happiness.
Instead of using brushes, in the painting process I use different knives, wedges, and tools to spread the buttery paste of colors over canvas, but also to lift, scratch, press, impress or otherwise manipulate color.
The brilliance, smoothness, smell and viscosity of oil colors are invigorating. Occasionally in the layering process I use bees wax that subtly subdues the glowing explosion of rich colors and reveals the multilayered happiness of oil paintings. The abstract, colorful, tectonic, and textural qualities of my paintings allow for conversational and contemplation moments.
Jelena is in the Saatchi gallery. She lives and works in Iowa.
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