We've moved in to a new place this summer and I have been slowly decorating my home. But my walls were feeling quite lonely. I'm quite picky when it comes to art but when I see beautiful wall art, especially made by local artists I can make a decision rather fast. I love hanging canvas or framed prints on my wall it's a perfect way to pull your space together.
Ideal wall art for me is the one that tells a story or can add extra character and charm that your home decor lack. However, unless you’re an interior designer or you happen to have one choosing wall art can not come naturally to you and can seem a little intimidating at first.
I was lucky to be introduced to Elena Markelova and her gorgeous watercolor art.
I got to the most beautiful painting of a double exposure deer above my office desk and it's perfect. It's very minimalistic just like I'm trying to keep my work corner like.
Elena is well known for her double exposure animal paintings and detailed maps. And I had a chance to interview her about her work.
Before we get into today’s interview I wanted to let you know that Elena is giving away a set of prints to one lucky winner. Enter the GIVEAWAY here and decorate your home with these unique watercolor paintings or give them away as gifts to the ones you love this holiday season.
Interview with Elena Markelova
1 - Can you tell me a little about yourself. Where are you from, where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Russia in the middle of Siberia. I came to Canada 8 years ago after graduating from Culture and Arts University, where I learned different arts and design techniques.
2 - When did you decide you wanted to paint?
My artist’s journey began when I was very little. I remember myself enjoying painting and having my artwork exhibited at kindergarten. It was my mom who got an idea to sing me up for the art school when I was 10, and I’m so grateful for that!
3 - Which artists are you most influenced by?
I’m a big fan of impressionists – Claude Monet and Paul Cezanne; they have the best feeling of colour and light. I also love the graphic and symbolic side of Gustav Klimt’s and Alphonse Mucha’s artwork.
There are lots of modern watercolour artists that influence me; one of them is a Russian artist Julia Barminova.
4 - What inspires you to paint?
I find my inspiration in the beauty of city and nature, the power of ocean and the enchanted life of the creatures that inhabit my new home. I always paint something after a little trip to the mountains or to the lake. It’s so breathtakingly beautiful here, it’s hard not to get inspired.
5 - What’s the best thing about being an artist?
Best thing is to be able to do what you love, to create thoughtful pieces and put your heart into every artwork. It’s always amazing to hear that people find an invisible connection to your creations. That makes all the hard work worth it!
I hope you enjoyed this interview with Elena, make sure you give her a follow on Instagram.
This holiday season, support your local artist and order local art, they make wonderful gifts.
Local retailers that sell Elena's art can be found here.
Also check out her recent video interview about her work here: https://knoxvan.com/blog/2020/11/30/elena-markelova/
Thanks for reading.