Elena Karavodin is an American Artist residing in San Diego, California. Her preferred medium is traditional oil painting focusing on human subjects. Creating art for over 20 years, her paintings and illustrations have been exhibited throughout the United States.
Elena was born in Los Angeles, CA, and raised in Encinitas, CA. She began her formal art education at Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach, CA receiving her B.F.A. with an emphasis in Illustration.
Elena now works in her private home studio, that her and her family built from the ground up. Elena lives in San Diego with her husband and young son, who’s daily discoveries and growth inspire her to push her creative process even further.
What’s your preferred medium to paint, and why?
My preferred medium is oil paint on wood. Oil paints have a richness that most other paints are unable to achieve. The range of colors can be incredibly lush, which easily translates to a vivid dimensionality for the subjects that I paint. The blendability and forgiving nature of oil paints, easily makes them a top choice medium. Only recently have I started painting on wood, which has quickly become my standard. Wood panels assure me that my paintings will not bend or crack over time, the texture is also quite pleasant to paint on
What do you do to get out of an Artists block?
An artist block can present a great opportunity to step away from my usual operations. I can use that time to challenge myself and experiment with a new mediums and techniques. I consider acquiring a full knowledge of artistic skills as a lifelong journey of mine. Therefore, I will always welcome a chance to switch things up a bit.
At what age/what turning point led you to be an artist?
I’ve been an artist for as long as I can remember. As a child, I always loved to draw. It think a huge inspiration of mine is my Aunt, who is also an artist. I remember walking through her house when I was little, and staring at her walls that were covered with huge paintings. Seeing all that art felt exotic, profound, and wondrous all at the same time. I think from that point forward, I have been dedicated to my pursuits as an artist.
What do you listen to when you are painting/creating artwork? Why?
When I start a painting, I like to listen to my favorite music, either something moody or something I can sing along with. I notice that music with a fast tempo influences me to speed up my process. As I transition to painting more of the detailed work, I really love listening to podcasts and audiobooks.
Do you feel it’s necessary to finish your painting prior to beginning another? Why?
I don’t believe it is necessary to finish a painting prior to beginning another. I tend to work on several pieces at a time. This helps me maximize my productivity, because if I get stuck on one piece or even slow down, I can move on to something else and revisit that painting once I’ve had some distance. This approach can help me see new things I hadn’t seen before in my artwork. In all honesty, I don’t think any of my paintings are ever finished. I do eventually have
to abandon them, otherwise I could easily focus on a million other details and possibly never move on.
When you receive unsolicited critiques or comments, how do you feel/how do you react?
Whether I receive good or bad critiques, I always tend to distance myself from them. Art is very personal, and each person has their own unique perspective. I can not presume that everyone thinks the same, feels the same, or views the world the same way I do. Therefore, those critiques are inconsequential to me. In the end, if my paintings stir some sort of emotion for the viewer, no matter what, I feel I have achieved my goal as an artist.
Elena's Favorite Trekell Products:
I am in love with my Trekell Spectrum brushes. They are incredibly durable, yet are delicate enough for fine detailed work. They have kept their shape for years and have (by far) lasted longer than any other brushes I’ve owned. I am also tremendously happy with Trekell’s wood panels. Their quality is superb and I feel confident that my paintings will last 100 years or more on them
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