Lady of the Water

“I remember staring at the water and feeling that light; that sparkle. I used to call it diamond water. This is where I really found my inspiration.” Elena Madden’s recalls her deep emotional connection to the water that influences every painting that she has developed over the last two decades. 


So, how does an artist achieve such an accomplishment? How do we decipher art: a Picasso from a Van Gogh, a Rembrandt from a Dali, or an O’Keeffe from a Kahlo? The answer is fundamentally taught in almost every art history class throughout world: we know the difference of each from the artist’s story, the subject the artist chooses to paint, and from the emotional connection the artist has with his or her process. 

Elena Madden does not remember a time when art did not stir her emotion or creativity. An ever-present element of her life, she knew from a very early age that she wanted to create for a living. “My parents met in art school in the 60s and constantly created at home; that’s just what they did.

And so I just thought that everybody was an artist. It wasn’t until later that I found out that people were actually bankers, and lawyers, and doctors – even then it didn’t matter. Art was what I always wanted to do; there was no other question. It was just a part of me,” reflects Madden.


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