Today we’d like to introduce you to Elena Killgore.
Hi Elena, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I was adopted from Romania at the age of three in March of 2000. At a young age, I remember I would sit in my room on my computer looking up modern houses. I have always loved the ultra-modern ambiance and look. I quickly developed a fascination with modern houses and the clean lines, but also everything that was inside them down to the art pieces. When I first began experimenting with painting, I made wild looking backgrounds with geometric shapes. I found myself mesmerized by the combination of colors and knew I wanted more. I didn’t really get into drawing or painting until third grade. At that point of my life, I had become extremely competitive. One day I saw my friend Mark draw on his homework and saw raw talent. He had a gift that I accepted as a challenge! That same week, there was a class store and I purchased a How To drawing dinosaurs guide. That was when I realized a true love for art in all of its many forms. The summer of my sophomore year (going into junior year) I went on the youth groups’ annual missions trip to M-Fuge. One of the nights the pastor told us his story and how he used art to get through a trying time. He painted on the stage that evening and that’s when I knew the Lord called me to art. From there, I explored different types of art mediums and tried different styles to see what moved me. I have two styles I am called to – Abstract and realistic drawings.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The road was not easy. I don’t think it’s meant to be easy in some aspects. The tough times are there to teach you and grow you not just in your talent but in life. However, my greatest challenges along my journey so far has been how to deal with all the different influences from people in my life… I have had a lot of “you’re talented” but then I have had some negative comments about pursuing art. I rolled both comments off my shoulder because I never really believed people actually liked my art. I thought they were just supporting me because they loved me. Yet, I still had hope. There was a time last year I hit rock bottom mentally. I didn’t really see or understand how God could use the art I was creating to speak to people. I criticized myself the worst out of everyone and it had an effect on all areas of my life. I became depressed and the Lord kept me the entire time. I was trying to figure out the “How” it could affect people instead of having faith that God would use it “To” speak to people. On the other side of everything that I battled, I am just now seeing the fruit of it all. I would say it was worth it.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Three main pieces I do are Space, Drawing, and Abstract. These are my favorite art forms, and in turn seem to be what my audience likes the most. I’ve been commissioned to do each style multiple times. I would say I am most proud of my drawings just because that art form requires a lot more patience and mental awareness. I am the least patient person I know. I am a free-flowing person. I wow myself every time I make a drawing because I can see my progress. I really don’t have a favorite type because it’s all different and each time I do a piece, I learn something new either about myself or about the execution of the art piece. If I had to choose my favorite form, I would have to say abstract because I can just let loose. It’s all fun because I’m creating with the Creator 🙂 I think we are all set apart from each other in our own unique ways, just from our stories and how we tell them.
Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
I have had people throughout my life who were mentors to me. Not in the regular sense of a mentor, where you grow with them. God placed people in my path right when it was needed. Then those people would randomly leave my life with no explanation. Looking back, it was a good thing. For the future of me being mentored, I will trust his faithfulness. If I mentored, it would be just like I have been mentored. A spec in life. The spec will carry with you throughout all of life though and will bring forth beauty in all your pieces.
- 8×10 – 80
- 12×24 – 290
- 16×24 – 380
- 36×48 – 1700
- 42×60 – 2500
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