Elena’s natural artistic grace is no accident; it mirrors her disposition, sweet and true, which shines eloquently at the heart of each of her paintings. Her love of animals and nature has always been a part of what inspires her work and her life. She chose to forgo animal products in 2004 and has remained vegetarian since. Elena always wanted to travel, but did not have the opportunity to travel until she moved to Houston Texas from Russia in 1998. She continues to reside in Houston today. Only then was she able to live out her dream of traveling to beautiful places in the USA and abroad. She saw things she had never seen before – oceans, waterfalls, canyons, and mountains. Elena’s artworks captures the very essence of her travel experiences. She invites her viewers to share in her love of nature and the animal world.
As a child growing up in a small town in Russia, art has always been a big part of Elena’s life. Elena was surrounded by majestic forest and wetland landscapes. She spent a lot of time adventuring outdoors, helping cultivate her early desires to create. She has always had a great passion for creativity. One of Elena’s passions is helping animals. She is a member of the dachshunds rescue group and has a lot of friends who are in animal rescue. Some of her work was donated to benefit auctions to help the animals in need. She has done a lot of commission work for people and has collectors from all over the US.
Currently she is working in 3 mediums: graphite pencil, colored pencil, and acrylic paints. Her paintings are distinctive for her use of color and her ability to “capture the moment” of her subject matter. Elena’s work covers a wide variety of subjects; animals, birds, seascapes, and people. She works from her own reference photographs most of the time, which were taken by her on her various travels, and loves spending time outdoors exploring and photographing nature and animals.
Elena joined the VAA (Visual Art Alliance) which has given her the opportunity to get more deeply involved in the art community in her home town of Houston. Currently she is a student at Xanadu Art Business Academy. Elena says her goal is to build up a larger body of work, with hopes of future joint exhibitions and being included in more publications.