Since earliest childhood I have been fascinated by the spirits and forces swirling around us in their hidden realms—the spectral evidence of ancient beings and their rites and deeds both wicked and noble. It was as though they were calling to me and so I have made a life of trying to bring their voices to light. As a child they manifested in ambitious tales crafted in crayon and crude text all stapled together in handmade books. Now, all these years later, they still haunt me, vying for me to reveal them, to bring them out from the shadows for all to see, only now it is through oil paintings and prose, art books and novels, on and on until the day I can no longer hold a brush—a joy, a purpose, a curse.
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Jel Ena is a Serbian born multi-media artist living in her adopted home of Los Angeles. She comes from a family of professional artists in every field who supported her pursuit of the fine arts. Jel Ena attended the Academy of Fine Art, Univesity of Belgrade, where she received her MFA in painting. She has been showing in galleries around the world where her work is widely collected, as well as freelancing in the movie, television, and video game industry as a designer.
Jel Ena’s work displays a mastery of the figure and color. Her style is instantly recognizable and extraordinarily matchless in its visualization. Utilizing her mastery of acrylic/oil paints, pastels, graphite and colored pencils; intricate emotions and hyper surreal visions are born and enchant every viewer into her dark sensual dreamscape.
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Q: Tell us a little about your method and how you came to favor this medium.
A: I worked only in acrylic for the first 15 years of painting, then it 2004, I switched to oils. These days it tends to ne a combo of both, starting initial exploration with acrylic, and eventually moving the painting into oil.
Q: Do you consider yourself a story teller, myth maker or legend maker?
A: I consider myself a human who is lucky enough to have found painting. I wish everyone would try it. It’s kind of the best thing ever.
Q: When you create art is there a particular message you intent to impart?