New York artist Elaine Gaines
Elaine’s studies with Frank Liljegren began in the 70’s, and were focused mainly on studio painting. Frank, she says, “Added structure and taught me how to see”. Frank’s mentor, Frank J Riley, was an American painter, illustrator, muralist, and teacher best known for his 28 years of instructing at the Art Students League of New York.
During the 80s, Clifford Jackson became Elaine’s mentor for painting portraits. A well-known landscape and portrait painter, he studied under Clifford Carleton, his grandfather, and Wayman Adams at the Old Mill Art School in Elizabethtown, New York.
Elaine spent part of the 80s teaching at the Windward School, and assisting there in the art department, but her love was always painting.
"My interests have always leaned towards representational art. Within that general venue, my art has varied from realism to fantasy. My current interest is in capturing varied emotions of joy, dreaminess, introspection, and wonder.
Before beginning a portrait I find it helpful to develop a feeling for the subject's personality. Once you have this feeling, the painting process flows quickly, allowing me to capture subtleties of facial expression."
Her paintings have won many awards from 1978 to present, from such organizations as the Prince Street Gallery, Scarsdale Art Society, Old Greenwich Art Society, New Rochelle Art Society, Mamaroneck artists’ Guild, among others.
A Partial List of Elaine's Awards Include:
Prince Street Gallery National Juried Show, 2012
N.A.W.A. Juried show Riverside Library, New York NY 2011 2015
Scarsdale Art Society 2006 2007 2009 2011 2012
Dobbs Ferry Womens Club 2006 2007 2008 2012
Beaux Arts of Westchester County Federation of Womens Clubs
2006 2008 2009
Old Greenwich Art Society - sidewalk show 2006
New Rochelle Art Society, 1978 1983 1984
Mamaroneck Artists Guild - Open Juried Show 1980
Hastings on Hudson Award Show "Eight at the Gallery" 1978
Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club - Open Juried Show 1978
Arts Club of Washington DC - Juried Show 2015
Harrison Public Library Solo Exhibition 2008
Elaine became an exhibiting member of the National Association of Women Artists ( N.A.W.A. ) in 2010. In 2012, she received the Solveig Stromsoe Palmer Memorial Award from this organization, at their
Elaine currently resides in Ardsley, NY and specializes in painting portraits, still lifes, landscapes, and other personal works.