Elena Degenhardt is a German-Russian portrait and marine artist living in Malta. She is a Member of Association of Professional Artists of Austria, 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 and Malta and exhibited internationally, currently with the Royal Society of Marine Artists at the prestigious Mall Galleries in London and with the Pastel Society of Malta.
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. Elena had her first pastel classes with the British artist Jo Hall, SGFA, in 2015 and has been in love with this medium ever since. It is a very challenging medium as pigments are mixed directly onto the painting surface and mistakes cannot be easily painted over like in oil or acrylics. Elena uses pastels of the highest quality handmade by the British company Unison Colour. She works in various pastel techniques, in pure form and combining pastels with charcoal, acrylics or watercolour, loves experimenting and moves between genres.