Artist StatementMy paintings are meditations on nature, its infinite beauty, variety and richness. Finding an unusual viewpoint to convey the specialness of a place, I look for images that have depth and mystery.
Elena was born in Havana, Cuba, and came to the U.S. in 1961 as a result of Castro's revolution, living in New Mexico for a year until her own family arrived. A resident of the Washington area since then, she studied architecture at Catholic University, gaining her first exposure to the local arts scene working with a group of students at Walter Hopps' Washington Gallery of Modern Art. She started painting in 1970 while working as an architectural designer, and studied later at the Corcoran School of Art. Her paintings have been exhibited nationally; she has received a number of awards, including an individual artist grant from Montgomery County in 1994, and has curated exhibitions locally and in Delaware.