Such a supporter of the artist community of North Texas, Elaine Herold, studied architecture and art in California, where she learned to incorporate her love of the outdoors into her art. Not limiting herself to traditional patterns, she uses found natural objects, such as bark and branches in her paintings, and looks to unusual patterns in art and nature to influence her. One special tree, the rainbow eucalyptus, found in Hawaii and New Zealand, exhibits a range of naturally occurring colors that are exposed whenthe bark peels. Rather than paint them photo realistically, she allows her imagination to expand and creates paintings that reflect her colorful and bright outlook on life. Her extensive travels dictate a desire to ponder the inclusion the wide variety of folk art and beautiful scenery into her work. Some is recognizable, while other pieces are reflected in imaginative work. Coming to art later in life, with many years spent observing and contemplating people, places, and
things; Elaine welcomes this opportunity to share her work with lovers of art.