About the Artist

Elena is a working artist painting in watercolor and in oil. Elena grew up in Ukraine where art and music were a big part of her childhood. She moved to the US with her husband when she was 25.

Elena turned to art as therapy while recovering from surgery for a torn ACL that she suffered after some serious skiing on the slopes at Whistler in 2009. Painting took her to a world of beauty and fantasy and helped her block the pain that she was battling at the time.

Color, lights, and the beauty of nature are her inspirations. She loves painting outdoors, capturing ever-changing light and poetry of her surroundings. Her goal is to evoke a feeling of beauty and joy about a scene by suggesting the appearance of an object rather than fully describing it. Elena is an avid traveler and a pro at packing a paintings set up wherever she goes, she manages to find time to paint or sketch even on busiest trips.

Elena lives in Duvall with her husband Vladimir and their two German Shepherd dogs Roxy and Hexe. Elena works at Mag nuson Park, Building 30 West, Studio 102.


Selected Exhibitions, Awards and Publications:


  • Waterworks, NWWS member show, Tsuga Fine Art Gallery, Bothell, WA
  • Colorful Crossroads, Two Woman exhibition at SPACE Gallery, Magnuson Park, Seattle, WA, August 2018
  • BAM, Bellevue Art Museum Arts Fair


  • Valleys & Vineyards. American Art Company in Tacoma, WA, November 4, 2017 – January 6th, 2018
  • Waterworks, NWWS member show, Tsuga Fine Art Gallery, Bothell, WA
  • Transparent Watercolor Society Exhibition, Kenosha Public Museum, Kenosha, WI
  • Little Gems, PAWa Exhibition, Scott Milo Gallery, Anacortes, WA, June-July
  • Edmonds Art Festival Juried Art Show, Edmonds, WA


  • A National Parks Salute. American Art Company in Tacoma, WA, November 12, 2016 – January 7th, 2017
  • Oil Painters of America 2016 Juried Salon Show, Castle Gallery Fine Art, Fort Wayne, IN
  • Plains Art Museum in Fargo, ND, Red River Watercolor Society 23rd National Exhibition, May 17th – September 4th, Fargo, ND
  • Edmonds Art Festival Juried Art Show, Edmonds, WA


  • Book Splash 17 – Inspiring Subjects by North Light
  • Clymer Museum and Gallery, West of Mississippi Art Show

  • National Watercolor Society 95th Annual Exhibition, San Diego, CA
  • Willamette Valley Lavender Festival & Plein Air Art Competition, Newberg, OR – Honorable Mention


  • Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS) International Exhibition, American Art Company, Tacoma, WA
  • 2014 Paris in the Park Blocks, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
  • Solo Exhibition Flowers and More, Almost Candid Fine Art Gallery, Kingston, WA
  • Equine Art Show 2014, Emerald Down, WA – Best of Watercolor Award


  • Waterworks, NWWS member show, Tsuga Fine Art Gallery, Bothell, WA


  • Book Splash 13, Alternative Approaches by North Light
  • Solo Exhibition at University Unitarian Church Chapel Gallery, Seattle, WA, January – February 2012
  • Artfest Spokane – 2D cathegory marit award
  • San Diego Watercolor Society International Show 2012
  • Watercolor Art Society – Houston 35th International Exhibition
  • Montana Museum of Art and History, Montana Watercolor Society National Show 2012
  • Waterworks 2012 Northwest Watercolor Society Members’ Show


  • Northwest Watercolor Society 71st Annual Open Exhibition
  • Illinois Watercolor Society 27th Annual Open Juried Exhibition
  • Pittsburg Watercolor Society 65th Annual 2011 Aqueous Open
  • Mississippi Watercolor Society Grand National Watercolor Exhibition, Mississippi Museum of Art
  • Montana Watercolor Society National Show 2011, Museum of Art and History
  • Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2011


  • Western Colorado Watercolor Society 2010 Rockies West National 18th Annual National Exhibition
  • Georgia Watercolor Society XXXI National Exhibition – Honorable Mention
  • National Watercolor Society 2010 All Member Juried Show
  • Pennsylvania Watercolor Society 31th Juried National Exhibition
  • Pittsburg Watercolor Society 64th Annual 2010 Aqueous Open
  • Mississippi Watercolor Society Grand National Watercolor Exhibition
  • Watercolor Society of Alabama 69th National Exhibition
  • Southern Colorado Watercolor Society Aquarius National 2010  – Keith Tupper Award


  • Rhode Island Watercolor Society National Watermedia Show – Horace & Ada Macomber Memorial Award
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