E T Russell, Big Bear Lake __
A Studio of
COLOR at the
Animals of America
22nd & 23rd Saturday~Sunday
Trei began applying a paint brush to canvas sometime in 1970; after
her two daughters, Camille and Julie were born. Then as
usual, moms start doing mom things,
raising a family with husband John; the painting seemed to gradually go to a
halt until 2002. At that time, the Trei family lived in the San Diego
area where Elaine discovered an opportunity to study with exceptionally fine
artists, Watts Atelier, Rikki Reinholz, Dot Renshaw, and Linda Doll. She declared,
“If I am going to paint, I must paint with the
best people I can find, so I learned quickly how to correct mistakes and be
pushed to do my best.”
several of her pieces on display at Artisans Etc. gallery, located in the Village of Big Bear
Lake. She found that associating with some equally great artists she satisfied
her desire to learn from and paint with
John and Elaine Trei have been married soon
to be 50 years. John
Trei’s career has been as a Biochemist /Animal Nutritionist
(Professor /Research Scientist).
has been employed by Bear
Valley Community Health
District for six years as a Physical Therapist. Across Garstin Street from the
Hospital, Elaine is the Clinic Manager of the Physical Therapy
Department. The BVCHD Physical
Therapy out-patient clinic services many local patients needing therapy, with emphasis on balance.
Specializing the therapies included are: orthopedics, low back, neck pain,
hands-on care and specialized exercises.
Trei went on a photo-safari in the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone
Park. The photos of animals are references or inspirations to her newest
paintings that will be on display at 2015 Art
on the Lake, August 22nd and 23rd. She plans to have those paintings of antelopes,
bear, bison, and owls – “The trip was on my Bucket List. It was amazing! Hopefully, everyone will enjoy the new show, Animals of America.”
Since building a studio at home, Elaine now paints daily. “I
find that the best artists paint or draw daily and it is time I do the same.
For this year’s Art on the Lake Show,
I will have new original cards, 4-5 animal paintings including numerous small
paintings of the Big Bear Valley that Elaine has experimented with and pushed
the colors into deeper reds, oranges and darker greens. I am excited about the
new directions I have taken over the past two years.”
Trei‘s art has been purchased by numerous collectors world-wide. She
has been awarded first place ribbons as well as other recognitions to her
credit. Elaine has exhibited throughout San Diego County and more recently in
the mountain communities of Running Springs and Big Bear Lake.
To see more of Elaine
Trei‘s artworks, visit her website:
see her Blog on her recent Wildlife Safari to Jackson WY and Yellowstone
National Park. Better yet stop by the Elaine Trei Booth at upcoming Art on the Lake Show.
Visit Art on the Lake at: http://www.bigbearlake.net/events.
Saturday 10:00 A.M. until 7:00 P.M.
Sunday 10:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M.
Big Bear Chamber of Commerce Bartlett Parking Lot, Big Bear Lake
Photography by MILLENER PRODUCTIONS