Johanna Elik - Fine Artist

Johanna Elik

Luray, VA - United States








Johanna Elik

Luray, VA - United States

Johanna Elik - Fine Artist

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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, 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.

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Navajo Dreams by Johanna Elik


She Walks in Beauty by Johanna Elik


Wovoka by Johanna Elik


Pow Wow Dancer by Johanna Elik


Beauty thy name is color by Johanna Elik


Sitting Proud by Johanna Elik


Making Music by Johanna Elik


Spirit Horses by Johanna Elik


Fields of Grain by Johanna Elik


Storm coming in by Johanna Elik


Cow Elk by Johanna Elik


Gypsy Girl by Johanna Elik


Stands Tall by Johanna Elik


Ready for Battle by Johanna Elik


Trail of Tears by Johanna Elik


At The Market by Johanna Elik


Inuit Woman by Johanna Elik


Down from the Mountain by Johanna Elik


Grandfather by Johanna Elik


Sara's Spring Hat by Johanna Elik


When Crow Made the Moon by Johanna Elik


In the dark of the wood by Johanna Elik


Elk in the Park by Johanna Elik


Grandmother tells the stories by Johanna Elik


Waiting for the ceremony by Johanna Elik


The Fiddler by Johanna Elik


Why? by Johanna Elik


Inuit by Johanna Elik


Deer at Grasshopper Creek by Johanna Elik


Waiting for the Vision by Johanna Elik


Summer on the Yellowstone by Johanna Elik


Eagle is my Totem by Johanna Elik


Montana Eagle by Johanna Elik


No words Required by Johanna Elik


Mountains and River. by Johanna Elik


Sunset on the Water by Johanna Elik


Woman of the Plains by Johanna Elik


Yellowstone by Johanna Elik


A day in the Mountains by Johanna Elik


Sleeping Giant by Johanna Elik


Yellowstone at Night by Johanna Elik


Earth and Sky by Johanna Elik


Checking In by Johanna Elik


Winter in the Park by Johanna Elik


Going Home by Johanna Elik


Chief by Johanna Elik


Back to the Blue Ridge by Johanna Elik


New Territory by Johanna Elik

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