Featured Artist Yelena Strokin

The sumptuous and expressive photography of artist Yelena Strokin captures the feel of an Old World classical still life composition. Visit her website to see more of her art.

 

"Dutch Table" Photography, Various Sizes by artist Yelena Strokin. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Dutch Table” Photography, Various Sizes

 

I was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and have traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia. I now make my home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. I am a trained chef and formally studied design and photography. My love of classical, European art and antiques, my appreciation of the natural beauty of objects from the fields and woods near my home as well as country breads, fruits and vegetables from my kitchen and garden, have all found expression and harmonious life in my artwork.

 

"Farmer's Table" Photography, Various Sizesby artist Yelena Strokin. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Farmer’s Table” Photography, Various Sizes

 

Whether my photography is formal and delicate or simple and rustic, I work to create an image that possesses a timeless quality, one that transcends culture and continents to add graciousness and beauty to any setting.

 

"Still Life with Flowers and Butterflies" Photography, Various Sizes by artist Yelena Strokin. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Still Life with Flowers and Butterflies” Photography, Various Sizes

 

My love for 17th century Dutch still life paintings is my inspiration. The process of creating my work has many steps. I think about the story. What do I want to tell people? What are the emotions and feelings I want to share with them?

 

"Lemons and Red Berries" Photography, Various Sizes by artist Yelena Strokin. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Lemons and Red Berries” Photography, Various Sizes

 

Then I look for objects that are going to represent my story. The bold colors of produce, flowers, butterflies and European antiques set against a rich background are arranged in carefully crafted compositions that recall the old Masters of the Flemish style of painting from the 17th century.

 

"Sweet Autumn" Photography, Various Sizesby artist Yelena Strokin. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Sweet Autumn” Photography, Various Sizes

 

The vegetables I capture become luxurious pieces of sculpture.

 

"Blue Vase with Plums and Grapes" Photography, Various Sizes by artist Yelena Strokin. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Blue Vase with Plums and Grapes” Photography, Various Sizes

 

I add richness and depth to my compositions with the textures I use, such as fine, draping fabric, reflections of light off porcelain and old silver, or the earthiness of rough wood.

 

Artist Yelena Strokin at work in her studio. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Artist Yelena Strokin at work in her studio

 

The setting up of my composition sometimes takes a couple of weeks. I shoot my images with natural light only—my light source is a window in my studio, just like the “old masters” work in the past.

 

"Long Winter" Photography, Various Sizes by artist Yelena Strokin. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Long Winter” Photography, Various Sizes

 

You can see from my photographs that the light always looks different. This is because I take my photos during different times of the year.  In addition, the shot could be taken in the morning or the afternoon.

 

'Still Life with Olives & Exotic Fruits" Photography, Various Sizes by artist Yelena Strokin. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

‘Still Life with Olives & Exotic Fruits” Photography, Various Sizes

 

I never use Photoshop to add, correct or change something. That’s why it sometimes takes up to one hundred images to get that one shot where the smoke from a candle, for instance, is perfect.

 

"Purple Spring" Photography, Various Sizes by artist Yelena Strokin. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Purple Spring” Photography, Various Sizes

 

By the time I’m finished, I have created not just a photograph, but a picture with a story to tell, full of history and feelings.

 

"Time Flies" Photography, Various Sizes by artist Yelena Strokin. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Time Flies” Photography, Various Sizes

 

Often people ask me what technique I use. When I tell them I just photograph with natural light, it is always a surprise for them.

 

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