Art work by Los Alamos artist Elena Yang is on display through September at the Starbuck’s at 106 W. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe. Courtesy photoourtesy photo
The work of Los Alamos artist Elena Yang is on display through September at the Starbuck’s at 106 W. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe.
“Art has always occupied a prominent part in my identity … though I didn’t realize that till after I had come to the States and completed my PhD in social sciences,” Yang said. “Some of my earliest paintings and drawings traveled across the Pacific Ocean with me decades ago when I immigrated to the States. Subconsciously, I must have recognized their importance in my life.”
Yang is a self-taught watercolor painter and her latest learning lab is a local art critique group. She describes the group members as some of the kindest and most generous people she has ever met.
“This supportive environment has enriched my repertoire, perspectives, and skills,” Yang said.
Yang’s paintings have been juried into shows at Fuller Lodge Art Center several times.
“When I was asked to serve as a juror in a recent exhibit, it felt like I got another degree,” Yang said. “My cultural background would have me temper my emotions, my expressions, and even my thoughts. Moderation is the norm. But I have always been rebellious and so it is probably natural that I express my watercolor painting with intensity. When I paint flowers, I want them to be up front and close. The dramatic sky – especially in the southwest – is usually what attracts me to paint landscapes. And recently, I am exploring ways to fuse these two subjects.”
See Yang’s work at www.elenayangartwork.com.