Elaine (Laney) Honey Zwickel was born in St.Thomas where she attended art classes at a very young age at Alma College. She moved and grew up in London, Ontario. She was uniquely talented and studied art at Beal Art School, where she blossomed. She credits much of her enthusiam to the incredible teachers there.
Elaine married and raised her children in a world where art was central. She studied pottery and practiced for 7 years. She also owned her own boutique, "Miscellaneous", where her 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 whimsy that always takes your breath away.
In 2004, Laney went in for bi-lateral knee transplants. Hours after surgery, while in the hospital she suffered a devasting stroke. Laney was diagnosed with aphasia. She could not write or speak. Now, she can walk and talk, and paint!
Initally, post stroke, she had to be motivated to produce more artwork by her son. Now in her 7th year of recovery, her attention to detail has surpasssed her pre stroke art. The difference in her painting style during these last seven years is quite profound. Laney feels her need to do artwork is even stronger than it was before.