J. Elaine Senack was born the youngest of six children in St. Jean, Quebec, Canada. At a young age, she moved with her family to a home bordering many acres of forest in New England. As she explored the woodlands and learned about the creatures that inhabited it, it was there that her love of nature bloomed.
Largely self-taught, Senack has merged her love of nature and art, creating realistic acrylic paintings of the natural world.
In 2001, her experience raising children inspired her to write and self-publish an educational children’s book about the life cycle of a monarch butterfly titled “Memories of a Monarch,” centered on her own series of scientifically-accurate illustrations depicting the process.
J. Elaine Senack received international Meritorious Awards for two of her paintings of birds in 2016. Her work is in private collections across the country. Senack has exhibited at the Salmagundi Club in New York City, NY, the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz, CA, the Denver Botanic Gardens in Denver, CO, PS Gallery in Litchfield, CT, Red Fox Gallery in Wilton, CT, Mills Pond Gallery in St. James, NY, among other locations. Her painting of Harebells exhibited at the U. S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. as part of the “Flora of the National Parks” show. The exhibit celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016.
I’ve always found creative inspiration in the beauty of the natural world. From my native woodlands in New England, to the towering mountains of Montana and the rocky coastline of Maine, the plants and wildlife I encounter provide the backdrop and subject matter for my art.
Painting primarily in acrylics, I strive to depict the undisturbed beauty of a landscape, or the quiet moments of birds and animals with dramatic realism. I’m fascinated by nature and enjoy the research it takes to accurately paint my subjects, their behavior, and their habitat.
I aim to provide a peaceful respite from a fast-paced world that can at times seem cold and disconnected. I hope that my paintings will help build appreciation for the natural world, and a desire to preserve and protect it.