“I'm a mother, an artist, a thinker and a meditator. I am a pragmatic idealist and romantic dreamer. Complex but with simple needs, I am in constant search for balance, beauty and harmony. I'm growing, evolving into my true self more every day....”
Emiliya Lane is a multiple award-winning artist living, painting and teaching in Seattle, WA. She was born in Russia and has been drawing and painting since she was three years old. Emiliya’s parents were very supportive of her artistic gifts and enrolled her into art school at age 7. She has been constantly surrounded by the visual arts ever since. After graduating from high school at the age of 16, Lane was simultaneously accepted to Ural State University and offered a job at a local film studio as an animator, which she accepted at the Sverdlovsk Film Studio. After a 15-year career in commercial art as animator and Illustrator and earning a master’s degree in fine art and Art History, she relocated to the United States and continued to improve her painting techniques with such masters as Scott Christensen, Jeremy Lipking, Pam Ingalls, Rob Liberace, Ned Mueller, Jim Lamb, John Bodicin, Ovine Berberian, and Kathryn Stats, Zhaoming Wu. “I found a real joy in painting ‘Alla Prima’, directly from life, in the Russian Impressionistic tradition.” The combination of color, light and brush strokes provided me with an intense sensation. Painting became both a profession and an obsession! The subtle effects of light upon a form or capturing the emotion of a very simple moment on canvas never fails to amaze me. Repin, Levitan, Sorolla, Serov and Korovin have been my biggest influences." Emiliya is a member of Women Painters of Washington and affiliated with Oil Painters of America, Portrait Society of America, American Impressionist Society, Women Painters of America, Plein Air Painters of Washington and The National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society. She is represented by WPW gallery in Seattle. Emiliya has been teaching weekly classes in Arts Umbrella, at her beautiful studio, and workshops on Plein Air paintings all around beautiful Washington State. Years of painting has contributed to developing her own, very limited palette. Only four colors, plus white, is an amazingly versatile, low-cost, lightweight, nontoxic and efficient palette. Plein air, still life, portraiture paintings can be easily created with these 4 colors. In my workshops, I teach “Color Mixing Russian Style". This will help you pass that crippling fear of bright colors. It will teach you how color mixing can be easy and fun!
Elena is a working artist painting in watercolor and in oil. Elena grew up in Ukraine where art and music were a big part of her childhood. She moved to the US with her husband when she was 25. Elena turned to art as therapy while recovering from surgery for a torn ACL that she suffered after some serious skiing on the slopes at Whistler in 2009. Painting took her to a world of beauty and fantasy and helped her block the pain that she was battling at the time. Color, lights, and the beauty of nature are her inspirations. She loves painting outdoors, capturing ever-changing light and poetry of her surroundings. Her goal is to evoke a feeling of beauty and joy about a scene by suggesting the appearance of an object rather than fully describing it. Elena lives in Duvall with her husband Vladimir and their two German Shepherd dogs Roxy and Hexe. Elena works at Magnuson Park, Building 30 West, Studio 102.