Artist member since 2019
Elena is a printmaker from Toronto, Canada. She creates primarily linocuts. In creating relief prints, she uses carving tools to gauge away un-printed areas from linoleum blocks, leaving the elevated areas that would receive and transfer ink to the paper. “I endeavour to create ornate storytelling images for slow viewing. Many of my works are deeply inspired by my travels around the world, my love of nature, literature and jazz music. Apart from traditional relief printing, I often enjoy creating subtle sub-layers for additional story-telling through blind embossing techniques in my prints". She is a member of Open Studio, a charitable, non-profit, artist-run centre in Toronto.
Catch of the day
Stand for piece
Lunar New Year
Best season of the year in Toronto
Only thing you need when you leave the house
My phone with a camera and my curiosity
When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...
Taking care of my family, roaming through countryside, reading while listening to jazz
Describe your home in 3 words
Heart and soul
When did you start making art, and why?
When I left the business world and moved to Canada. I always had a desire to explore and tap into my creativity but was 'always too busy'. Appreciation of Art and creativity have now become an essential part of my well-being. The urge to create compelled me to take classes at the Ottawa School of Art and since then I've never stopped. I actually feel anxious and uneasy when I'm not creating.
What do you listen to when you work?
Audiobooks with compelling stories
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