Upon seeing Yelena Strokin's images for the first time, the viewer can't help but be captured by their elegant, Old World beauty. The glowing, Caravaggioesque light that defines her work imparts a jewel-like quality to glass and fruits. 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. Vegetables seen through Yelena's lens are luxurious pieces of sculpture.
Sumptuous textures, whether the shimmer of fine fabric, the luminosity of fine porcelain and old silver or the earthiness of rough wood add strength and richness to her images. Yelena was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia and now makes her home in Bucks County Pennsylvania. She is a trained chef and has formally studied design and photography. Her love of classical, European art and antiques, her appreciation of the natural beauty of objects from the fields and woods near her home as well as country breads, fruits and vegetables from her kitchen and garden have all found expression and harmonious life in her artwork.
Whether formal and delicate or simple and rustic, Yelena's exquisitely crafted work possesses a timeless quality that transcends culture and continents to add graciousness and beauty to any setting. Her work is published in many American as well as in European magazines (Burda Food: Sweet Dreams (Germany), Magazine Freundin: Donna (Germany), Cigar Aficionado (US), GENTE (Italy), Bucks Life (US), Home & Table (US) and more). Yelena's work has been exhibited in local and metropolitan galleries.