About The Artist
Her parents were not artists, but they have influenced her with their love for arts. She fondly remembers family trips to art galleries and exhibits, visiting theaters and the ballet. When her mother signed her up at the Art School for gifted children, Lena was unconditionally happy, already knowing then that this was her destiny.
She was admitted to the Easel Department of the Kiev Academy of Fine Arts where she studied under Professor Storozhenko. Being highly driven and able to work for 12 hours a day, Lena quickly became one of the best students. She graduated in 1987.
In 1993, Leus became a member of the prestigious Union of Ukrainian Artists.
Leus is equally skilled in all genres - landscapes, interiors, still lives, figurative. Her preferred subject matter is the cityscape. There, she is able to convey the subtle splendor of scenes often overlooked by others. Leus' trips to Paris and Venice were the inspiration for her new series of city scenes.
Many of her Leus' works can be found in private collections in Russia and Eastern Europe, France, England and across the United States.
Regarding her art, she says: "My recent works strive to capture moments and scenes of everyday life. I am motivated to portray a subject's essence and aura. Within that aura I find isolation, innocence, and a spiritual element - a sense of the old and the emergence of the new. My painting melds together a sense of spirituality and light - hence, the infusion and recording of light and dark."I concur with Wyeth, who stated, 'One's art goes only as deep as one's love.' To create a lasting and visually alluring piece of work, I reveal to the viewer the essential character or mood of the subject in the same way I was initially awed."