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Artist Q&A series no.7

By April 14, 2020June 11th, 2020Meeting the artist
Meeting the artist: Russian-Canadian artist, Elena Myasnikova

With a formal Arts education in Russia, and a Fashion Design diploma in Canada, Elena Myasnikova’s initial focus was on Stage and Theatre Costume Design, while mastering different painting and graphic techniques over time. A full-time professional artist since late 2018, Elena is working hard on establishing herself. We are curious how she is coping with these difficult “Corona virus” times. Being an artist is not for the faint of heart, especially not now. The dreams she had for herself, are they still the same? 

Q&A with Elena Myasnikova (Canada)

As an artist, what is your biggest dream?

Growing my professional artistic journey and be an independent artist for the rest of my life. To many, this may sound like a “luxury thing”. But you have to realize the risks that come along with this profession; the money factor being the greatest. The decision to become a full-time artist came with many sacrifices for me and my family. As a professional artist, one should be able to support his/herself through art. Otherwise, art is a hobby, even for the most gifted artists.

So here’s my biggest dream: I’d like to be able to stay true to my art and to myself as an artist. Not to be influenced by commercial art themes on demand.  To maintain my originality while discovering/developing myself as an artist through my life.

As an artist, what do you consider to be your biggest challenge?

I find it difficult to find discipline on a daily basis. To work through days where I “don’t feel like painting”. While working on a piece, I perceive it as a “living, breathing” thing. An artwork is the development of something new, original, and unique. Something with a message, a purpose, a heart. For an artist, there is no one way to create. Every single work has its own creative journey. An artist’s challenge is to navigate their work through the organic development of each creation. Some of my works were created almost instantly, where others required months and months before I could deem they’re finished. Especially then, I find it a challenge. The discipline needed to get on with it until it is done.

What do you consider your greatest talent?

The ability to “picture” a work in my mind, with a clear path on how to reach my goal. I usually know very well where I am going with my work, right until the end. Of course, sometimes I have struggles and obstacles, and from time to time I get stuck in the process. But I typically have a clear vision of a finished painting before I start.

Determination and patience are my biggest traits. They get me through long days, weeks, and months perfecting my art.

I am absolutely not good at…

Definitely not good at marketing my art. Not only I am not very good at marketing, but I also am not enjoying being part of it. I love talking to people about my art, I am always surprised at how many and what kind of questions I get. If someone is interested in a specific piece – that’s wonderful and very special. But to promote my art on a bigger scale… I would definitely prefer professional people to do that. I am a strong believer in Galleries and professional representation for artists.

I consider myself rich when…

When I spend most of my active hours in my studio, working on my art. Knowing that I am not only doing it to please the artist in me -that would be easy- but that my art is desired. That somebody wants to have my artwork in their home because they’re touched by it. Nothing can lift my artist’s spirit more than seeing one of my paintings found its permanent place in someone’s collection. It’s much more than just selling my work. It’s that deep professional satisfaction an artist gains with each sold work.

The artist I admire most is…

I admire quite a few artists, and for different reasons, but Johannes Vermeer, Viktor Vasnetcov, Gustav Klimt, Pierre-Auguste Renoir are my top admired artists of all times.

What do you wish for yourself

In these uncertain times when we all are banned from physical contact, I wish for times where art can be enjoyed in person again. When people will be able to go out and see artists’ creations in the flesh and not just on their computer screens. I wish for times when people can truly connect and “be with” art again. Feel the energy and the heart of the piece. Become inspired in the presence of an artwork. My artwork.

More on Elena Myasnikova

If you’d like to read more about Elena, you can browse her Profile page, where you’ll find more information on her, along with the works we’ve currently listed.

You can also follow Elena, our Gallery, and the other artists we represent, on Artsper, our online partner.

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If you like Elena’s work, you’ll be pleased to learn that all her works are priced at discounted rates and include free worldwide shipping.

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