Born in Vienna, Lena Brauer trained as a dancer at the Academy of Vienna. She studied at Rutgers University U.S.A. finishing with a US doctorate in art education, majoring in painting. Nostrification in Vienna with completion Mag. Art and diploma of the Academy of Fine Arts. She was teaching at the Sacre Coeur High School and the Academic Gymnasium Vienna. She later became a freelance artist.
Quoting Lena Brauer (these quotes were taken from her former website):
"Nature is for me a model and inspiration for all my pictures. These include not necessarily the large landscapes; my love is the little things that are ignored by the wayside, growing, crawling or splashing. I put them equal with the greatest attractions of our earth.
I found my way to painting relatively late, just then, when I lost my first love, the dance. As a dancer I was a real romantic performer, and I am romantic as an artist. It is my intention to paint beauty, and I find beauty in nature everywhere.
Walking trough the mountains and woods I collect the elements of my paintings. They are not paintings of landscapes that actually exist, but I use those elements according to the rhythmus of my compositions. Since all natural objects consist of particles, I paint them by putting together very small dots and lines, avoiding smooth areas. From a distance, however, they appear as solid bodies and brushstrokes disappear.
Nature is for me model and inspiration for all my paintings. Yet, I am not a painter of grandiose or famous landscapes. My love includes nature's small things everywhere. Things that lay on your way, grow there, crawl or flow without being recognized. I consider them equal to all the great attractions on earth."