Elaine Weiner-Reed is an award-winning bilingual artist living in Maryland. She earned a B.A. and a B.S. in French (language and education) with a German minor and an undeclared second minor in Sculpture from West Chester University, Pennsylvania (1978, 1979). While working as a French linguist for the U.S. Government, she earned an M.A. in French from Middlebury College, Vermont (1989). She earned a post-graduate certificate in Information Technology and Telecommunications from Johns Hopkins University (2002).
Throughout a 36-year full-time tandem career in the USG, Weiner-Reed systematically pursued and established her art expertise and credentials. Wanting to learn how to transform the 3-D world into a 2-D world of color, she mastered first classical oil painting (1980’s), then watercolors and water media on paper (the 1990s-2005), eventually embracing acrylics and latex (2005-current). Her torn canvas series (circa 2014) heralded her return to sculpture, helped by her stone carving in Myslenice, Poland (2014, 2017) during two invitational international artist residencies. Since 2017, she has been painting and creating plaster and metal figurative sculptures, as well as welded metal music-inspired assemblages.
Throughout her art career, Weiner-Reed has distinguished herself as an abstract expressionist artist with an uncommon vision. Her art qualifications include juror, lecturer, blogger, committee member, and instructor. Weiner-Reed takes her role as an artist in society seriously, shouldering it responsibly as a public trust. Her “Every Painting is a Song (Story)” creative transdisciplinary initiative is now in its sixth year (2021). Her artwork has been featured in international exhibitions in China, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Spain, France, Poland, and Canada, and included over 80 international, national, and regional group shows. She earned a lifetime signature artist membership in the Baltimore Watercolor Society and holds signature memberships in the Potomac Valley and Georgia Watercolor Societies, as well as the International Society of Experimental Artists.
Focused on identity as impacted by transience and imperfection, some common themes that run through my work are telling the unknown or hidden stories. Monuments to life, my works resurrect feelings of transcendence, mystery, and hope.
People and relationships matter to me. No two identities or relationships are ever the same. I see beauty in humans as they are, each person a unique and multifaceted three-dimensional tableau. My figurative paintings are created to selectively reveal or conceal emotions and storylines, the implied content in a scenario communicated through form, gestural strokes, colors, and other design elements. Some of my characters are defined, while others appear as silhouettes or after-thoughts. I leave each piece open to interpretation and imagination.
My creative process involves analyzing and then building a character in layers, mimicking the way in which identities are formed throughout a lifetime: layer by colorful or complex layer. In my paintings, I let the form and placement of figures imply subsurface content and emotion.
In my figurative sculptures, I explore the physicality and dimensions of those layers, juxtaposing strength and inner beauty with vulnerability and external imperfections. Highlighting the imperfect in a world that embraces limited definitions of beauty, my goal is to challenge those perceptions and transform the definition of beauty in the 21st Century.