Elaine’s art embraces contemporary life, plein air landscapes, and portraits based on her world travels, but it all started in the loft of the home in San Diego, where she grew up. There she lived with her grandmother, who came from Eastern Europe, her mother, who kept the house filled with music; and her uncle, who taught Elaine to draw in the loft where he designed both homes and boats. Elaine was immersed in culture, art, and music.
Listening to her mother and grandmother speak a strange language filled her imagination with dreams of faraway lands and exotic places. Her uncle showed her the magic of bringing an idea to life on paper, while her mother’s music enhanced the idea, giving it a special rhythm that seemed to become part of the drawings. In the background, the strange language set a tone of mystery. All this melted together to form one complete and inseparable blend of culture, music, and art that became a way of life for Elaine.