Born in Russia, Elena developed her passion for art in her early years. After studying at the Pedagogical University of Kazakhstan, she started her career as Visual Arts teacher in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Since 1998 she has resided with her family in Australia. Since 2004 Elena has participated in many group art shows and exhibitions and won numerous awards and commendations, including international prizes.
Elena works in various media, including painting in oils/acrylics, mixed media, colour pencils and scratchboard engravings. Her favourite genres are animal/wildlife portraiture and observational still life drawing with emotional engagement and a hint of quirkiness and symbolism.
Elena’s art was published numerous times in Australia and internationally, most recently: “Strokes of Genius 10. Inspiring Subjects” North Light Books 2018 (cover), “Art Journey – Animals. A collection of inspiring Contemporary Masterworks” North Light Books USA 2016, “The book of the Dog (Dogs in Art)” Laurence King Publishing. London 2015, “50 Masters of Realistic Imagery” Germany 2015, “Strokes of Genius 6. The Best of Drawing” North Light Books 2014, “Inspiration Wild: an artistic celebration of Nature and Environment” 2014 Australia
Elena is a former member of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists (AGRA) and Wildlife Artists Society of Australasia (WASA) and a signature member of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA).