Elena Parashko

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.  Her favourite subject matter is seascape painting.  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 in Australia.  For 8 years, Elena was also a writer of 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 painting workshops are in high demand.  She is an international tutor with regular artist residencies in beautiful places all over the world including Hamilton Island, Fiji, Tahiti, Bora Bora, The Maldives and Norfolk Island.

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 the book section of her website and e-book available via Amazon.

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Awards & Achievements


“Inspired by nature, 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.”


2016 – present       Exhibitions in the Maldives, as part of Artist in Residence position
2014 – 2015            Exhibitions in Bora Bora and Tahiti as part of Artist in Residence position
2013                          Salt in the AIR, on board James Craig, as Artist in Residence for Sydney Heritage Fleet
2013 – present       Exhibitions in Hamilton Island Art Gallery as part of Artist in Residence position
2012                          Ship to Shore with Australian Society of Marine Artists, Mosman Art Gallery, NSW
2011                          Finalist: Inglis Equine Art Prize, Sydney and Melbourne
2010                          Windows on History, Australian Society of Marine Artists, La Perouse Museum, NSW
2010                          Waterways of Sydney, Australian Society of Marine Artists, NSW Parliament House
2009 – 2012            Royal Motor Yacht Club, Newport, NSW
2009                          Nature’s Inspiration, solo exhibition, Eden Gardens Gallery, North Ryde, NSW
2009 – 2012             Finalist: Mortimore Art Prize for Realism
2007 – 2008             Azure Gallery, Norwest, NSW
2006 – 2013             Finalist: ANL Maritime Art Prize, Melbourne
2006                           La Mer, solo exhibition, Mt Hermon Estate, Bilpin, NSW
2006                           Group exhibition, Jardin’s Gallery, North Turramurra, NSW
2006                           Evoking the Elements, solo exhibition, Hornsby Art Gallery, NSW
2004                           Marrickville Fair, group exhibition, NSW
2004                           Untitled, solo exhibition, The Boundary Hotel, Alexandria


  • 2011 – Royal Canberra Arts Show – Seascapes 1st Prize
  • 2009 – Cootamundra Wattle Time Exhibition – Watercolour 2nd Prize
  • 2014 – Sydney Royal Arts Show – Seascapes Highly Commended
  • 2011 – Castle Hill and Hills District Agricultural Show – Oils Highly Commended
  • 2009 – Sydney Royal Arts Show – Seascapes Highly Commended
  • 2004 – Macquarie Towns Art Society – Oils Highly Commended
  • 2010 – Castle Hill and Hills District Agricultural Show – Oils Commended