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Elena attended The School of Visual Arts, where she earned her BFA.  She has worked as an illustrator, instructor and fine artist.

In addition, she has received numerous corporate and private portrait commissions and has exhibited work in a variety of genre and media.  Her illustration work has been published most recently in 3x3 Magazine for Contemporary Illustration and a collaborative illustration with a young artist was published in BIG Kids Magazine.  Elena has illustrated two award winning children's picture books, The Birds of the Harbor, and A Night of Tamales and Roses.  She is the author of a non-fiction picture book about young female artists titled Portrait of a Girl and Her Art.

Recent Juried Exhibitions/Awards:

Allied Artists of America, Inc. 106th Annual Exhibition 2019, Salmagundi Club, New York, New, New York

Bill Fornaci Memorial Award for Oil Painting 39th Annual Regional Open Juried Show at the Ridgewood Art Institute 2019

Finalist Portrait Society of American Members Only Competition "Outside the Box" Catagory

"Contain Her" Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 2018

National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society Online International Spring 2018 exhibit

Finalist, The Artist's Magazine 34th Annual Art Competition

National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society 2017 Online International Spring Exhibition

Portrait Society of America Members Competition 2016  Awarded Sixth Place in Non-Commissioned Portrait

NAWA "A Sight For Sore Eyes" Online Exhibition 2016

Finalist "Art Kudos ' Online International 2016

"Summer Small Works" National Association of Women Artists, The NAWA Gallery NY, NY 2016

"Obstruction" Watchung Arts Center, Watchung, NJ 2016

"Old Enough to Know Better" Women's Caucus for Art, Philadelphia Chapter, Crane Arts- Gallery 105, Philadelphia, PA  2015

"Women Painting Women"  Principal Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina   2014

Solo Exhibition "Girls In Sight"  Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ  2014

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