Norfolk Arts Transit Gallery exhibiting artist 2016
If you get a sense of being in a garden when you look at my paintings, look closer and you will see why. I have been an avid gardener and naturalist from an early age and over the years I have formulated a technique to create the rich textural surfaces that appear in my paintings. For each work I weave together a complex background of printed fabric that may combine insects, flowers, vines, or even reptiles simultaneously underscoring the interconnectedness of the human animal with all living things.
In some paintings I enjoy studying the different patterns and surface of the subject matter. In other works, I attempt to tell a story weaving in people that I have seen or met in my neighborhood or around town. Sometimes I get an inspiration for a painting from dreams. In the end it is the rich textures and colors of nature that inspire me.
Elaine Fleck is a painter, muralist, mosaic artist, and organic gardener. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in painting and printmaking. She completed further Art studies at City College of San Francisco and The San Francisco Art Institute. Roanoke has been her home since 1996.