Artist Statement

Portrait painting has always had a mystique about it that touches on the highly romantic and on the timeless. The likeness of someone captured in charcoal or paint becomes not only a family heirloom, but when beautifully painted, is "a joy forever."

I have done executive, boardroom, private and family portraits for thirty years. There is no doubt that a portrait can be the ultimate gift of love, of prestige, of lasting art. I feel blessed to have been able to realize a lifetime built on a childhood dream.

Ms. Korow was married to Dr. Harty Bieber and resided in Shaker His, until she was widowed five years ago. She now lives in the family home of her early childhood in Akron, which she has restored. She is the mother of Christopher Korow of Seattle, WA, David Korow of Stow, OH, and Dr. Daniel G. Korow of Grand Junction, CO.

Note: The above commentary was from an article written about Elinore in the summer 2001 issue of Northern Ohio Live Magazine.



Elinore Korow



Her initial goal as early as 1966 was to be Cleveland's best portrait artist. In some ways, the recognition came immediately. Within three years she was nationally known, having work accepted and exhibited in the country's toughest competitions. At that point it appeared that all of that would have to be put aside as family finances demanded full-time employment. By this time she was already the mother of three small boys. Her first stop was American Greetings where she was hired as a designer. Three years later she struck out on her own establishing her own business in Shaker Hts.; Elinore Korow: Portraits. The year: 1973.

Born in Akron, as Elinore Vigh, by the age of four, she was drawing constantly. Self-taught until her college years, she attended Siena Hts. Women's College in Adrian, MI, and later completed her training at the Cleveland Institute of Art majoring in Portrait Painting under the sure hand of the renowned artist, RoIf Stoll. She married Jack Korow. Within five years her three sons were born. She did not paint again for seven years.

The driving need for living a life that mattered made her pick up her brush again, only to discover she could no longer draw. Intensive dedication whenever time permitted, often most of the night, many nights, when the children were sleeping, suddenly opened the floodgates and the ability not only came back, but far better than it had ever been.

Along with commissions, painting for shows, travelling in connection with her painting, sometimes great distances, and raising her family, she was asked to teach small groups of artminded men and women. Iin 1978, Korow began teaching painting and portraiture in the Cuyahoga Community College Senior Adult Programs of Shaker Hts., Maple Hts., and Brooklyn in January of 1979 and continues teaching to the present time. She has directed and inspired students in groups and privately, and has also been on the faculty of the University of Akron, teaching painting.

Careerwise, her list of exhibits nationwide has been impressive. Prominent people she has painted include Charles and Kathy Walgreen of Walgreen Drugstores; Richard Oberlin, past director of the Cleveland Playhouse; Edward Lechner, Dennis McClung and Don Riordan, all chairmen of the board of Blue Cross/Blue Shield; Harvey Kresge of S.S. Kresge & Co.; Harry & Rainy Stitzlein, Univ. of Akron, Stirzlein Alumni Center; Dr. Merlin Bumpus, pioneer in blood pressure research from the Cleveland Clinic and many others.

Elinore Korow is listed in the Marquis Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in American Art, American Artists of Renown and many others. She is a member of the American Pastel Society (NYC), Women's Art Club of Cleveland (past president), the National League of American Pen Women, Charter member of the Ohio Watercolor Society, Signature member of the Akron Society of Artists, Women's Network (Akron), the Boardroom Group (Akron), the American Society of Portrait Artists (Montgomery, AL), and President of the Women's Art League of Akron.


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