Elena Tchistiakova received her art degree in Moscow, Russia. After moving to New York, Elena pursued a career in the fashion industry and was a technical designer for 20 years. She studied at the fashion Institute of Technology in New York (FIT) and took CAD drafting classes at Cooper Engineering School. She started painting when she moved to the Space Coast. Her use of color in her art create a warm and pleasant feeling. Elena enjoys painting land and seascapes of Florida and the various places she has visited.