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Check Out Eli Kleman’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eli Kleman. 

Hi Eli, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I’ve been drawing and painting as long as I can remember, actively doing art through high school and college. After graduation, I took a 10-year hiatus. Once COVID hit, it gave me ample time to pick back up where I left off. Having so much free time allowed me to work hours on end, each night, which helped me to improve and try new things. 

Since then, I’ve been included in shows and festivals in the Columbus area, which has been an amazing experience. 

I don’t have a formal art education—my degree is actually in Zoology—so everything I’ve learned has come from my school teachers. Consider that a plug for the importance of keeping art in schools! 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Actually, it has been! I’ve had an amazingly supportive husband who has helped motivate me and set me up for success. If it weren’t for him, my art would still be collecting dust in the basement! 

The most challenging part has been attempting to expand my art career while working a full-time job. As I’ve learned over the last couple of years, conducting shows and festivals, running an art business is a lot of work. You’re essentially an artist, promoter, accountant, and consultant all in one. Creating art is actually the easiest part! 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I specialize in 2D art: ink drawing, watercolor, and acrylic—with most of my work combining bits of each. I have an illustrative style and love using bold colors and geometric lines to enhance the shape and motion of a figure. Subjects range from plants and animals to fantasy, horror, and religious themes. 

I’m not sure I am “known” for anything—which I suppose is something I am proud of! I love experimenting with different styles and techniques, which makes my pieces feel eclectic and distinct from one another. 

Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
I am sure as technology progresses, you will see AI-generated art become more prevalent. I think it’s still in its infancy, but I within the next 5-10 years, you will see the debate focus on its artistic merit. 

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Erika Flugge

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