Born to intellectual bohemians in rural West Virginia, Lelanea was schooled from an early age in the necessary contradictions inherent in effective art. Living rurally from old farm homes, tents on the beach to pre-revolutionary houses, she learned to work with nature, and architecture, light, and shadow, human and animal. Lelanea then moved to Germany for three years and became thoroughly consumed with culture, art, and
photography, before returning to the U.S. and signing as a model with Wilhelmina. That experience, along with her studies at the International Center of Photography and the School of Visual Arts allowed her to better perfect all aspects of her art from creation and composition to Digitech and Digital Retouching.