“Born in Alberta, Canada Elena moved to the USA when she was 3 months old and then on to NZ at age 8.
She grew up on the Otago peninsula and attended Otago Girls High School, taking art for all 5 years.
After school she took a gap year, living in Washington state, USA where she became a qualified raft guide. This led her back to Dunedin where she studied outdoor leadership and management at the Otago polytechnic.
Elena’s work as an outdoor educator took her around the world, working in Asia, Canada, Australia and the USA. Over this time, unable to afford a camera, she painted the places she travelled to. Elena had always loved art and enjoyed capturing her travels this way.
In 2013 she moved to Jackson Wyoming where she became actively involved in the Jackson Hole Centre for the Arts. Here she took ceramic and painting classes and modelled for several life drawing classes.
In 2014 Elena moved back to Dunedin, newly married and began working for the Otago university recreation program. Once home she became a member of the Otago Art Society, eager to be more diligent with her art practice.
This is her first year on the OAS council.
She enjoys working with pastel, watercolour and acrylic. Her works are predominantly land and cityscapes. The birth of her son has inspired recent work capturing human figures.”