Career Tracks – Elaine Bankston

Posted June 7, 2013 at 11:55 AM, Filed Under: Business, Village Mill

BankstonPoplar Grove artist Elaine Bankston has been creating art since childhood, and sold her first piece in 1979. To this day, much of her inspiration comes from her travels during her career as a flight attendant. For nearly 25 years, Bankston traveled the globe visiting the world’s most famous museums.

Since 2010, Bankston has been sharing her talent around the world through a position teaching art to passengers on cruise ships. She teaches on most major cruise lines and has departed from ports in Alaska; St. Petersburg, Russia; the Baltics; the Greek Isles; and the Mediterranean.

Bankston has served many terms as a board member of the Bon Air Artist Association. She has taught art in both public and private schools, and today, as a volunteer, she provides art supplies and teaches at the Pocahontas Women’s State Prison.

She has worked in a variety of media and subject matter, and her work includes commissions for more than 2,000 portraits.

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