Married artist duo paints lush plants that look real enough to touch

Botanical paintings by Jelena and Aleksandar Paunkovic

In our daily lives we do not often get a chance to enjoy the beauty of nature. But by taking a look at one of Jelena and Aleksandar Paunković’s paintings, you will quickly feel immersed in the beautiful leaves of a forest floor. The couple – known professionally as JA Paunković – work together as an artist duo and find inspiration in their natural surroundings in Serbia.

Jelena and Aleksandar studied together at the Faculty of Art in Belgrade, where they both received an MA in applied art. Afterwards, the couple moved to Mount Kosmaj to be closer to the wilderness and opened a studio. Their photorealistic oil paintings are based on the plants they find during their outdoor excursions. “Connection with nature is an important part of our personality [as artists], ”Jelena and Aleksandar explain to My Modern Met.

“Every hike on a mountain and every visit to a new environment becomes material that will later serve us in the studio as a sketch for a new painting,” the couple continues. “We have found a way to bring nature to a home or gallery and hang it on the wall to serve as a reminder that we need to think more about how our modern lifestyle affects the environment.” In addition to creating a range of exquisite forest floor reproductions, Jelena and Aleksandar have incorporated sustainable and environmentally friendly methods into their lifestyles, including the use of recyclable bags, the establishment of a garden and the composting of leftover food.

You can buy original paintings and prints in limited edition via Paunković’s website, and keep up to date with the couple’s latest art by following them on Instagram.

The married artist duo Jelena and Aleksandar Paunković create exquisite botanical paintings that look real to the touch.

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