Elaine (Laney) Richmond (nee Zwickel) was born in St. Thomas where she attended art classes at a very young age at Alma College. When Laney was 12, her family moved to London, ON. She studied at Beal Art and credits much of her enthusiasm to the incredible teachers there.
Elaine married to Aaron Richmond and raised her three children in a world where art was the central focus. She studied pottery and practiced this art for 7 years. She also owned her own boutique store, “Miscellaneous,” where she creativity continued to flow. Travel was also a huge part of her life and an inspiration for many of Laney’s artworks. Laney’s attention to detail and her ability to add several dimensions creates a whimsical appearance.
In 2004, Laney had bi-lateral knee transplants. Hours after surgery, while in the hospital she suffered a stroke. She was diagnosed with aphasia. She could not write or speak. Now in her 12th year of recovery, she can walk, talk and paint! Her attention to detail has surpassed her pre-stroke art and the different in her painting style is quite profound.
Laney has had art shows at Strand Art Services and has been featured in the London Free Press.