♦Yireh Elaine Kwak is the artist of the year as she faces the challenges of oil painting, one of the hardest paints to work with. However, according to Elaine, the beauty of the art surpasses the difficulty of working with such paints. Meeting Elaine was a great experience and really opened my eyes to learn of her dedication and love for art. Some of her favorite artist include, Gustov Klint, Fiona Rae, And the famous Cezanne and Gaughan. The last two artist past away, unfortunately, however, they are like the godfather of art, according to Elaine. She loves old school art and finds inspiration by the surroundings around her home such as the golf course or the tall trees.