Lena Owens is ethnic Lithuanian with Lithuanian and Finns roots born in Moscow and currently residing in Colorado who claims herself more of a self-taught artist and that is always eager to learn something new, she loves playing and experimenting with fresh ideas. Her philosophy and worldview developed through observation, reading and learning. Her family traditions takes roots in Lithuanian ancestry with it's character, tales, myths and fables, which common to all European nations with it's magical and spiritual accent on connection with nature, compassion to all living things and harmonious cooperation and interaction with outside world and it's Universal Laws. In such fables, God often visits people to guide them in moral quests, and when people are not able to recognize Him because they lost connection with their inner voice, intuition and insights in order to live right and act morally in the presence of God, comes recognition of urgent necessity to heal, to reconnect with that inner light, which require individual, inner journey to re-connect with the Whole. To heal means to to be whole again, to be Holy. Language, words are full of wisdom. Roots of words have access to that stored collective wisdom. The soul has memory and the heart has connection to it. Folklore, myths, symbols and tales, language and words are like beacons In our journey. Lena's intense interest in art traces back from her father, a still life and nature painter which also happens to be an independent writer and a philosopher and his style and talents developed under the influence of traditional Russian academic art training. Who has been a mentor and art teacher in her life and who by the way is still her source of inspiration. [ Lena Owens, 4/5/17, 6:52 AM During her days as a young girl she had asked her father, “Why it is so important for you to be a philosopher first and then an artist?” and he had replied; “Because a developed inner peace many have impact on undeveloped outer world, and undeveloped outer circumstances can’t affect mature, developed soul.” And these very words of her father and her father, in general, continue to be her inspiration. Her intrinsic talents were further molded during her formal art education through correspondence courses in Moscow Art Academy. These talents were harnessed through reading, meditation, observation and practice. From her works, one can see that the inner vitality gives her the power to act, thereby, transforming that energy into a form of art, the final form she fondly named wall décor. Bliss, color, joy, youth, health. (No suggestions can't be denied for spontaneous spontaneity) in the act of tearing something apart, you lose it's meaning. ]Her further intrinsic talents were molded during her formal art education through correspondence courses in Moscow Art Academy. These talents were harnessed through reading, meditation, observation and practice. From her works, one can see that the inner vitality gives her the power to act, thereby, transforming that energy into a form of art, the final form she fondly names wall décor. Lena recognizes the existence of an inner world where all creativity is born and where is she finds her freedom, happiness and joy.* Her talents were harnessed through reading, meditation, observation and practice. From her works, one can see that the inner vitality gives her the power to act, thereby, transforming that energy into a form of art, the final form she nick-named wall décor. With her Creation is possible when peace and harmony is attained within. She believes that the ability to perceive beauty brings inner peace and clarity. When that happens, it can manifest itself outward in various ways, including art. John Updike once said, the artist brings something into the world that did not exist before, and they do it without destroying anything else. With that idea, the art that has been created does even more than bring joy. With its energy, it transforms everything around it. It heals. She Lena does her artworks; she does not perceive herself as a creator but more of a conductor of tools to transform the inner perception to outer creations because there is no ‘ME’[ Claim your role as a creator Creativity is the .. .it take raw material of life and turns in the new picture, no one see before. you make it, while it makes you Lena Owens, 12/23/16, 4:24 PM Sensitivity to beauty and ugliness Posted: Any tendency or talent which makes for isolation, any form of self-identification, however stimulating, distorts the expression of sensitivity and brings about insensitivity. Sensitivity is dulled when gift becomes personal, when importance is given to the “me” and the “mine”—I paint, I write, I invent. It is only when we are aware of every movement of our own thought and feeling in our relationship with people, with things and with nature, that the mind is open, pliable, not tethered to self-protective demands and pursuits; and only then is there sensitivity to the ugly and the beautiful, unhindered by the self. Sensitivity to beauty and to ugliness does not come about through attachment; it comes with love, when there are no self-created conflicts. When we are inwardly poor, we indulge in very form of outward show, in wealth, power and possessions. When our hearts are empty, we collect things. If we can afford it, we surround ourselves with objects that we consider beautiful, and because we attach enormous importance to them, we are responsible for much misery and destruction. The acquisitive spirit is not the love of beauty; it arises from the desire for security, and to be secure is to be insensitive. - Krishnamurti, Education and the Significance of Life, pp 125 This creative beauty inside Posted: Beauty obviously includes beauty of form; but without inward beauty, the mere sensual appreciation of beauty and form leads to degradation, disintegration. There is inward beauty only when you feel real love for people and for all the things of the earth; and with that love there comes a tremendous sense of consideration, watchfulness, patience. You may have perfect technique, as a singer or a poet, you may know how to paint or put words together, but without this creative beauty inside, your talent will have very little significance. Unfortunately, most of us are becoming mere technicians. We pass examinations, acquire this or that technique in order to earn a livelihood; but to acquire technique or develop capacity without paying attention to the inner state brings about ugliness and chaos in the world. If we awaken creative beauty inwardly, it expresses itself outwardly, and then there is order. - This Matter of Culture, p 72 ] in creation according to her. When there is inner peace, joy, and beauty, it quickly manifests itself in creation. Her stimulation as an artist is solely on her ability to hear the inner call and interpret it with colors using the art language—colors, shapes, perfume and energetic fields. Lena works and became confident with different techniques; she paints with oil, palette knifes and sometimes create Fresco-Secco artwork which give antique look to her paintings and also takes a lot of time and effort. As a result of the much needed effort and time needed, she seldom works with frescoes but when she does it comes out unique and antique looking paintings. She is also a photographer learning a lot from the local Camera Photo Club that encourages healthy competitions twice a month. We are learning together how to use cameras and that wonderful tool called Photoshop. She photographs nature, landscapes, macro shorts and panoramas as well, which she creates from multiple shots stitched together. Lena Owens draws her deep artistic qualities from raw emotional positivity that reflects into her work.