My name is Elena Nayman, a self-taught artist of over 15 years. My subjects include cityscape, landscape and still life. I live in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
I have been concentrating on cityscape for the last four years. Growing up in the second largest city in Russia, St. Petersburg, I love urban streets and their busy life.
The process of painting is the most important part of my art. When I paint, nothing exists anymore and the whole world vanishes. In that moment only the canvas, oils, brush or palette knife and myself remain.
I am fascinated by light and shadows. The process of painting is a very happy time for me. Some ideas come to me before I go to sleep, and others present themselves in my dreams. Going to museums is another favorite inspiration. People who inspire me include Korovin, Fechin, Rembrandt, Renoir, Jeremy Mann among many others.
I hope that my paintings convey the happiness from which they were created and bring a moment of joy and peace to you.