"Inspired by the colours, textures and patterns of the natural world, I like to draw attention to the beauty around us that often goes unnoticed in the busyness of our lives. Through my artwork, teaching and writing I aim to express a positive message. It excites me that viewers get pleasure from my paintings that touch their heart, imagination or significant experience in their lives. My challenge is to inspire others and share my passion for artistic creation."
Elena Parashko is an award winning Australian artist, writer and teacher.
Elena's artwork is represented in private and corporate collections throughout Australia and internationally and in several galleries including Hamilton Island Art Gallery on the Great Barrier Reef. With a unique style of painting that does not restrict itself to one genre, Elena enjoys experimenting with different techniques and mediums in an exploration of subject matter - from traditional landscapes, still life, botanical illustration and seascapes through to contemporary compositions and abstracts. Elena finds inspiration in the colours, textures and patterns of the natural world and her style celebrates attention to detail. Elena's artwork connects with her audience on deep emotional levels and transforms homes with its calming presence.
Elena is a regular contributor of articles and painting demonstrations to numerous art publications such as 'Australian Artist' magazine in Australia and 'Leisure Painter' in the UK. Her artwork has been featured in lifestyle magazines such as 'Ocean' and 'Honestly Woman', tourism magazines including 'Hotelier Maldives', and she has written art related features for home decorating publications such as 'Modern Home', 'Home Ideas' and 'My Home' magazines. Elena writes regular inspirational articles for fine artists in the American business magazine 'Professional Artist'.
As a trained teacher with a Bachelor of Education and Masters in Adult Education, Elena's art classes and workshops are in high demand. She is an international tutor running yearly workshops in beautiful places all over the world including Hamilton Island, Fiji, Tahiti, Bora Bora, The Maldives and Norfolk Island. For those unable to attend her classes in person, downloadable interactive painting demonstrations are available via this website.
View a visual summary of Elena's recent artist residency in the Maldives ...
Elena was a finalist in Sydney Business Review's "Business Woman of the Year 2006". She is a member of the Australian Society of Marine Artists.
In December 2015, Elena's first book was published titled "Survival Guide for Artists: How to Thrive in the Creative Arts". An empowering book for all creative people wanting to live the life of their dreams. Paperback available from Book section of this website and e-book available via Amazon.
Elena's blog, survivalguideforartists.com provides additional support material in the form of previously published magazine articles as well as new content that expands on issues that come up through visitors' comments. Some of the topics covered include art business management systems, selling artwork, and teaching art in vacation destinations.
Elena was recently interviewed about her work and her journey as an artist for the international online art summit, "Creativity and the Business of Art".
Watch interview below: