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 hat exhibited her work internationally, last with the Malta Society of Arts in Valletta and with the Royal Society of Marine Artists at the Mall Galleries in London. Her wavescape 'The Breath' received the 'Outstanding Pastel' Award in the BoldBrush Painting Competition in November 2018.
An art school graduate and MA degree holder in Literatures and Languages, Elena became a professional artist in 2017 after 15 years of a happy 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 Unison Colour, Terry Ludwig, 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.