Time flies or empty nest.
We are walking on the Earth by ourselves but our life journey is not a lonely one. We are surrounded by forests and rivers, mountains and fields. Nature is our home; she nourishes and protects us. Her four-legged and winged creatures give us support and walk with us all on our paths. This picture is part of "Spirits" collection. I dedicate this collection to the spirits who help us in our journey of life.
Author: Upon seeing Yelena Strokin's images for the first time, the viewer can't help but be captured by their elegant, Old World beauty. The glowing, Caravaggioesque light that defines her work imparts a jewel-like quality to glass and fruits. Bold colors of produce, flowers, butterflies and European antiques set against a rich background are arranged in carefully crafted compositions that recall the old Masters of the Flemish style of painting from the 17th century. Vegetables seen through Yelena's lens, are luxurious pieces of sculpture. Sumptuous textures, whether the shimmer of fine fabric, the luminosity of fine porcelain and old silver or the earthiness of rough wood add strength and richness to her images.
Yelena was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia and now makes her home in Bucks County Pennsylvania. She is a trained chef and has formally studied design and photography. Her love of classical, European art and antiques, her appreciation of the natural beauty of objects from the fields and woods near her home as well as country bread, fruits, and vegetables from her kitchen and garden have all found expression and harmonious life in her artwork.
Whether formal and delicate or simple and rustic, Yelena's exquisitely crafted work possesses a timeless quality that transcends culture and continents to add graciousness and beauty to any setting.