Hi, my name is Lena Nechet, and LTalks is a brand for my services and artwork.
In addition to fine art, I make films and take photographs, create vector and 3D graphics, and teach art and languages.
I am a mixed Slavic German national from California, raised in Ukraine, lived in several European and two American cultures, multilingual - I spoke a few languages and still fluent in three.
My academic background is in economics (5-year university degree), I am experienced in web development and design. I studied and practiced media production, and produced short documentary films.
I am an optimistic "optimalist" with a minimalist lifestyle, who lives primarily on fresh fruit (fruitarian). I love kind and smart people, enjoy dancing, running and swimming. Art is my passion.
My Art Story
Early Introduction to Oils and Academic Drawing
My childhood home was full of art reproduction albums, and I wanted to paint since I was five. Other passions came and went, but the desire of visual expression of worldview and abstract beauty followed me ever since.
Growing up among lots of books, and specifically on fine art, I started with oils at age six, when I painted an autumn oak tree under a guidance of a formally trained artist. Then I was introduced to gouache, practiced academic figure and nature morte graphite drawing, hoping to be transferred to a best full time creative school in my city, where I could continue playing piano and study art. Well, I got accepted, but we left the country before I could enjoy it.
Starting Film Photography
At 13, I got a two-lens SLR, and developed my black and white film rolls and photographs in an improvised darkroom. My first photograph was of an elegant white-red Collie, reflected in wet asphalt. Though, I was mostly interested in photographing and drawing kids of my age - love scenes, fashionable girls, secret symbols. I remember designing paper money for an undercover school game at third grade, or making imaginary maps for younger kids in 4th.
Years of Observation
Later, I finished music and then high school, a class with in depth math program, and my parents convinced me to study economics for practical reasons. I continued with drawing during those years, but mostly for personal pleasure.
In the following years, I went through a variety of equipment and self expression styles, and ended up realizing that I should concentrate on fine art and filmmaking. After dreaming about so many pictures, I realize I will forget all my ideas if I wold not realize them, and life is not that long to wait anyway.
In 2008 I bought the best for my needs portable video camera, and in 2012 I was ready for a more serious video-optimized camera, designed for both photography and independent film production, with wonderful lenses and filters. I invested in high quality sound and light equipment, and studied videography in Californian colleges, choosing the best teachers.
In the last years I tested some of my film editing ideas. I divided the time between jobs and art, aiming to increase the time I could paint and make films. A couple of my shorts were officially selected for film festivals, but I could not make it to the public viewing events, even in Santa Monica.
A few years ago, I switched from oil painting to acrylic second time, after the first attempt in early 2000s, and finally found my way in it, expanding then in other water and dry media like aquarelle (after looking down to it my whole life), sumi-e ink (was longing to do meditational zenga since 1990s), charcoal, etc.
My favorite genre is abstract portrait, but mostly I paint my ideas and feelings.
Present and Plans
In the next 10 years I plan to establish a body of works in fine art, and to make at least one feature documentary film and several ultra-shorts. Now I am working on art series for exhibition, and on a few independent and promotional film projects, including a video podcast for some exciting folks.
I love showing people their own depth and beauty, and letting others discover fascinating personalities through my digital work. I practically cannot imaging life without painting.
If you like what I do, let me make something for you, or choose what I have.
Thank you for reading,