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Featured Artisan: Elaine Hughes

elaine-hughesElaine Hughes was born in Inglewood, California in 1956 and since then has continued to live in Southern California. She slowly began an art career by painting children’s clothing, furniture and murals. As a hobby, she began painting on canvas in 1993 with her subjects being her three young daughters. Several years later she changed from painting with brushes to painting exclusively with a palette knife which was when she began selling her work in the Bluebird Gallery in Laguna Beach, CA. She was represented by the gallery from 1996 until their closing in 2016. Elaine has also shown her work in Li-Ying Gallery in Laguna Beach, CA and Highland’s Art Gallery in Chester, New Jersey. Besides art galleries, Elaine has participated in many art festivals including La Quinta Arts Festival, Laguna Beach Art-A-Fair, Beverly HIlls artShow and Indian Wells Arts Festival. Elaine has received numerous awards over the years, among them being the poster artist for the Art-A-Fair, Best of Show in Beverly HIlls and Ojai Art in the Park and 1st Place in Indian Wells Arts Festival.

Early in her career Elaine painted almost exclusively children and was influenced by Mary Cassett. Years later she learned of Joaquín Sorolla and greatly admired the joy and light that he brought to his paintings. Elaine still paints children as the subject of much of her work but now, she also includes adults, roads, interiors and occasional landscapes. Whatever the subject, for the Elaine, the most important part of the painting is the lighting.Elaine started dancing Tango in 2003 and in 2008 traveled for the first time to Argentina to dance. Since then she has been back many times and now she includes tango dancers and the people of Argentina in everyday scenes in her work. See more of Elaine’s art at  www.elainehughesart.com.

Elaine’s art will be available for sale at the ENC Artisans Marketplace on December 3 from 11AM to 3PM. Fore more information about the Artisans Marketplace, visit our website.

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