Article by Victoria Dekker, Civilized
When Eliav Cohen looks at his stash, he sees beyond the buds, leaves and stems. In his mind’s eye, cannabis is a lush emerald valley, a crimson pistil inferno and a trichome diamond field.
Cohen is the owner and creative mind at the helm of CannaStudio, an emerging Portland, Oregon-based digital art studio that creates intricate, other-worldly renderings of the various elements and life stages of the plant.
“I just think (cannabis) is really beautiful,” said Cohen, outlining the creative process behind his ever-growing collection of marijuana-inspired artwork.
After spending the better part of a decade working in music and bouncing from coast to coast, Cohen returned to his native Oregon in 2015 to pursue a career in cannabis. Working closely with the plant and its extracts at Portland-based Cura Cannabis Solutions inspired him to create something visually and conceptually different from run-of-the-mill weed photography or the black light-responsive pot posters you probably hung in your dorm room.
“I’ve never seen anything unique, or anything quite like I’m doing. What’s really big right now are those micro shots of oil, shatter or nugs. A lot of the focus right now is getting those beautiful, up-close shots – which I love – but it seems to be what everyone just wants to do,” he explained. “I wanted to have something unique.”