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"In my work I am drawn to themes of struggle and transcendence. They are the signposts of my life, my journey as an artist and now my art. I sculpt boxers because they have been tested, they reflect on their choices in life, they face defeat and continue on. They overcome. I feel that struggle and determination parallels my life.

I sculpt women of all ages with their beauty frozen in time. As a young girl I was swept away when I experienced my first trip to a museum of art. Seeing that new world of color and form, I imagined the romance of life as an artist, surrounded by pots of paint and brushes and blocks of clay waiting to be used to create the never- ending pictures that ran through my mind.

The life I imagined was not to occur for many years in the future. As a young single mom raising two young boys, there were plenty of times I felt that I was on the ropes but could never risk throwing in the towel. Later in the corporate world, I experienced the determination and endurance of a women striving for success. I too have been tested and have overcome.

But art waited, until I could not wait any longer. I understood I had to commit myself to take my journey as an artist, I once again felt the transcendent power of color and clay. Happily my long ago dream is a reality later in my life.

Today as I stand in my studio I feel the same delight that I felt as that child long ago. The excitement grows as I begin to paint or sculpt. My dream now is to share that excitement with you."

Elaine Cohen

 



Biography

Born in New York and raised in California, Elaine first dreamed of becoming an artist when she was five years old. But after graduating from Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, college or a fine art academy were not options open to her. Instead, Elaine married at a young age, had two sons, and settled into motherhood. Her dream of becoming an artist was put aside.

After a career that saw her do everything from selling Ferraris to designing corporate earthquake recovery plans, Elaine finally decided it was time to return to her true passion. She began studying with Robert Cunningham, a former Artist-in- residence at the Getty Museum.

Since then, Elaine has received numerous commissions for sculpted and pencil portraits. Her work was accepted into the Smithsonian National Portrait Competition for the opening of the new portrait gallery. She was the featured “Emerging Artist” on PBS White House Chronicles.

In addition to her portraits and sculptures, Elaine has also enjoys the challenge and experience of creating mixed media abstract paintings.

Elaine teaches Abstract painting at her studio and holds workshops at several locations in Laguna and surrounding areas.