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The Story Behind Eljae Studio

Hello! I'm Lauren J. Perwas, the person behind Eljae Studio.  "El" and "jae" don't simply represent my initials; my parents named me after my grandmothers, Loretta and Jessie. My family has always been supportive and I wanted to bring their love into this endeavor.

Illustrations

I try to appreciate the small things we encounter in life and then spotlight their uniqueness and beauty in my paintings. I especially enjoy painting things I find in nature but I can't seem to stick to only botanicals.  It would certainly serve my Instagram feed better if I stuck with the same style and same general subject matter, but I want my art to be an expression of me.  I'm inspired by such a wide range of topics and I always want to try new styles and techniques.  So, I embrace my varied interests and paint what brings me joy.

I also love creating custom artwork. There is always a story behind the painting and I feel honored to be a small part of that.  I hope you find inspiration not only from my artwork, but also from the small things in your own life!

Graphic Design

After I graduated college, I dove into the world of logo design.  I tend to paint quite realistically, with a lot of details.  Design gives me an opportunity to explore a clean and minimalist aesthetic.  My favorite quote about design reflects this idea perfectly:

"A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery