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Paintings featured in August exhibit

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The work of artist Elena Filshtinska-Burwell is on view at the Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St., through Aug. 31.

Filshtinska-Burwell paints in various styles and mediums, including oil, watercolor and acrylic. Born in the Ukraine, Filshtinska-Burwell began drawing as a child, reproducing the works of Renaissance painters Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci. She also became a trained pianist and engineer.

In 2000, Filshtinska-Burwell immigrated to the United States with her then-13-year-old son, Illya. She became a U.S. citizen in 2005 and lives in Columbus with her husband, David Burwell.

When she's not in her studio creating new works, Filshtinska-Burwell teaches art and piano lessons. She previously taught her son, who is now an accomplished pianist and graduate of both the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music.

Once her son began studying piano on his own, "my ears continued to listen to Illya, but my presence by his side was not necessary anymore," Filshtinska-Burwell said. "And at this time I went back to my passion for drawing again."

Filshtinska-Burwell began drawing on trays and plates in the Russian folk style, adding her own stylistic flourishes. She soon began painting, creating everything from still-life images and landscapes to abstracts.

Many of her paintings depict dancers and ballerinas.

"Dance as a means of expressing emotions through movements always was a huge inspiration for me," she said.

Filshtinska-Burwell's artwork has been displayed and included in private collections in the United States, Europe, Israel and Taiwan.