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Johanna Elik - Fine Artist

Johanna Elik

Luray, VA - United States

 
 
 

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Johanna Elik

Luray, VA - United States

Johanna Elik - Fine Artist

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About Johanna Elik

Ancestral Faces

About the artist:

Johanna Elik lives and works in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. She is an artist, writer and holistic healer. An easterner by birth, westerner by nature. Living in the Rocky Mountains provided the spiritual environment for the envisioning of these sacred images.

Johanna recently moved back to Luray, Virginia after living in the Rocky Mountains of Montana.

While owning property on the mountain outside of Livingston, Montana, her inspiration was enhanced by living in full view of the Crazy mountains, and the history of her land as camping and buffalo hunting grounds for the Crow Indian Tribe.

Johanna has successfully showed and sold her work in local galleries in Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia. Johnna's work has been juried into local and regional art shows, including Art at the Mill, held at historic Burwell-Morgan Mill in Millwood, Virginia. A past member of Valley Educational Center for Creative Arts, she participated in VECCA sponsored shows, winning awards for her work. Previous galleries representing Johanna's work were; Tracy's Studio in the Woods, New Market, VA, Lost River Artisan's Cooperative, Lost River, WV, VECCA, Woodstock, VA, The Sante Fe Gallery in New Market, MD, The Buckhorn Art Gallery, and Rainbow Ark, Livingston, MT.

Johanna has been selected as Featured Artist of the Month on Perfect Picture Frames and July's Montana Arts Council's Featured Artist for the National Arts Program Foundation website. Since her return to Montana, Johanna participated in The Community Art Show at The Livingston Center for Art and Culture. Presently, her work may be viewed at The Warehouse Art Gallery in Luray, VA, and OriginalArtMart.com, a First Nations website out of Canada..

Johanna's success while in the Shenandoah Valley may be attributed to the spiritual nature of her work. Individuals throughout the United States have collected Johanna's art. A visitor from the Canyon de Chelly area of Arizona commented prior to his purchase of one of her drawings, 'her work is comparable to the art created by known Native American and other gifted artists in the area where I live.'' A Maryland collector says of her portraits: 'Elik captures the inner soul of the American Indians she depicts in her works.'

Artists' Statement:

The creation of art in mixed mediums has been an integral part of my life since childhood. My early art education at the Baltimore Museum of Art provided the foundation for color, form and composition. Group classes, formal art instruction, in addition to self-teaching has served to enhance my innate skills and desire to express my creativity.

Having an interest and spiritual connection to Native American tribes led me to focus on representing their images and the messages they bring. Native cultures, ritual, respect for, and interconnection to the earth are values and beliefs I incorporate into my daily life and spiritual practices. It is an honor to be a messenger, passing on what has been lost in their culture, and in ours.

Note from the artist:

An an artist, writer and holistic healer, my interpretations reflect man's connection to the earth, earth cycles, and to all the beings that live and journey with us. These images, which I identify as 'Ancestral Faces,' express our humanness, strength of character, endurance and the faith that sustains us throughout our lives.

May we honor those in our past, and in doing so, honor ourselves.

Mitakuye Oyasin.

I work in graphite, charcoal, pastels, acrylics, watercolors and oils.

All artwork, originals and reproductions, are under the exclusive copyright of Johanna Elik.

You may contact the artist at:

Moon Comes Singing
johannaelik@gmail.com

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In The Time of Crazy Horse by Johanna Elik
 

In The Time of Crazy Horse by Johanna Elik

Wild Bill Hickok by Johanna Elik
 

Wild Bill Hickok by Johanna Elik

Annie Oakely by Johanna Elik
 

Annie Oakely by Johanna Elik

Indian Ponies by Johanna Elik
 

Indian Ponies by Johanna Elik

Standing Bear by Johanna Elik
 

Standing Bear by Johanna Elik

Searching for a vision by Johanna Elik
 

Searching for a vision by Johanna Elik

Honoring Red Cloud by Johanna Elik
 

Honoring Red Cloud by Johanna Elik

Metis by Johanna Elik
 

Metis by Johanna Elik

After Geronimo by Johanna Elik
 

After Geronimo by Johanna Elik

Turquoise and silver by Johanna Elik
 

Turquoise and silver by Johanna Elik

Emerging by Johanna Elik
 

Emerging by Johanna Elik

Our land is beauty by Johanna Elik
 

Our land is beauty by Johanna Elik

Sun Power 11 by Johanna Elik
 

Sun Power 11 by Johanna Elik

Gypsy Girl 11 by Johanna Elik
 

Gypsy Girl 11 by Johanna Elik

Sun Power by Johanna Elik
 

Sun Power by Johanna Elik

Gypsy Music by Johanna Elik
 

Gypsy Music by Johanna Elik

Blood Ties by Johanna Elik
 

Blood Ties by Johanna Elik

Wovoka -Ghost Dance by Johanna Elik
 

Wovoka -Ghost Dance by Johanna Elik

Navajo Dreams by Johanna Elik
 

Navajo Dreams by Johanna Elik

She Walks in Beauty by Johanna Elik
 

She Walks in Beauty by Johanna Elik

Wovoka by Johanna Elik
 

Wovoka by Johanna Elik

Pow Wow Dancer by Johanna Elik
 

Pow Wow Dancer by Johanna Elik

Beauty thy name is color by Johanna Elik
 

Beauty thy name is color by Johanna Elik

Sitting Proud by Johanna Elik
 

Sitting Proud by Johanna Elik

Making Music by Johanna Elik
 

Making Music by Johanna Elik

Spirit Horses by Johanna Elik
 

Spirit Horses by Johanna Elik

Fields of Grain by Johanna Elik
 

Fields of Grain by Johanna Elik

Storm coming in by Johanna Elik
 

Storm coming in by Johanna Elik

Cow Elk by Johanna Elik
 

Cow Elk by Johanna Elik

Gypsy Girl by Johanna Elik
 

Gypsy Girl by Johanna Elik

Stands Tall by Johanna Elik
 

Stands Tall by Johanna Elik

Ready for Battle by Johanna Elik
 

Ready for Battle by Johanna Elik

Trail of Tears by Johanna Elik
 

Trail of Tears by Johanna Elik

At The Market by Johanna Elik
 

At The Market by Johanna Elik

Inuit Woman by Johanna Elik
 

Inuit Woman by Johanna Elik

Down from the Mountain by Johanna Elik
 

Down from the Mountain by Johanna Elik

Sara's Spring Hat by Johanna Elik
 

Sara's Spring Hat by Johanna Elik

When Crow Made the Moon by Johanna Elik
 

When Crow Made the Moon by Johanna Elik

In the dark of the wood by Johanna Elik
 

In the dark of the wood by Johanna Elik

Elk in the Park by Johanna Elik
 

Elk in the Park by Johanna Elik

Grandmother tells the stories by Johanna Elik
 

Grandmother tells the stories by Johanna Elik

Waiting for the ceremony by Johanna Elik
 

Waiting for the ceremony by Johanna Elik

The Fiddler by Johanna Elik
 

The Fiddler by Johanna Elik

Why? by Johanna Elik
 

Why? by Johanna Elik

Inuit by Johanna Elik
 

Inuit by Johanna Elik

Deer at Grasshopper Creek by Johanna Elik
 

Deer at Grasshopper Creek by Johanna Elik

Waiting for the Vision by Johanna Elik
 

Waiting for the Vision by Johanna Elik

Summer on the Yellowstone by Johanna Elik
 

Summer on the Yellowstone by Johanna Elik

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