Elena Degenhardt is a German-Russian portrait and marine artist currently living in Malta. She is a Member of Association of Professional Artists of Austria, Pastel Guild of Europe, Pastel Society of Malta and Malta Society of Arts. Her artwork can be found in private collections in Germany, UK, Russia, France, Switzerland, USA, Finland, Austria, Malta and Holland. Elena exhibits internationally, last with the Royal Society of Marine Artists at the Mall Galleries in London and with the Pastel Society of Malta. Her artwork 'The breath' received the 'Outstanding Pastel' Award in the BoldBrush November 2018 Painting Competition.
An art school graduate and MA degree holder in Literatures and Languages, she became a professional artist in 2016 after 15 years of a successful career in teaching and translations. In 2014, while living and working in the UK, she joined a local art society, started exhibiting with them and, having won their award for the most innovative work with her watercolour on photo paper 'Cafe in Barcelona', Elena took a year off from teaching and attended art classes in pastels, acrylics, drawing and illustrations at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead, UK. Elena had her first pastel classes with the British artist Jo Hall, SGFA, in 2015 and has been in love with this versatile medium ever since. Elena uses pastels of the highest quality handmade by the British company Unison Colour as well as Sennelier and Schmincke. She works in various pastel techniques, in pure form or combining pastels with charcoal, acrylics or watercolour; she loves experimenting and moves between genres.