I believe art is about pairing a good idea and skill. My art is strongly influenced by my cultural background, and is based on classical drawing techniques developed and honed in a traditional Russian School of Art. I look for a resonant concept in ordinary things – they can be small, intimate things, things relating to my family, or the local scenery. This could be houses in my street or still objects on the table before me.

I am regularly approached to undertake commissions for private portraits. Nowadays, when so many artists simply rely on copying static images and photographs, I am proud to demonstrate my creativity, imagination and technical skills in drawing from life freehand!

I have been painting pretty much all my life and many of my works reside in private collections in Europe, Australia and Russia.
In 2006 I moved to Australia from Russia as a qualified professional. My art has greatly helped me to settle in the new life and brought me a lot of good friends.

I paint what I want when I want it. I don’t pressure myself to deliver ‘results’. This attitude keeps me free for experimenting and saves the fear to fail. I start doing something and I succeed… or I do not.

My works can be viewed on my website www.elenachurilova.com .


Master’s Degree in Environmental Science, Novosibirsk State University, RussiaSecond Master’s Degree in Applied Science at CQUniversity, Rockhampton, Australia


A number of art exhibitions (I am a member of the Royal Queensland Art Society and the National Association for the Visual Arts). My latest solo exhibition "All road go to Rockhampton" at the Rockhampton Art Gallery in April-June 2017 included a range of selected works completed in various media - oil, pastel and watercolour - showing some of iconic and less known local scenes.You are heartily invited to visit my coming exhibition "Colours of Rockhampton" in the Kern Arcade, East Street, Rockhampton, 30 October -12 November 2017 (open daily from 10 am till 4 pm)


- http://www.rockhamptonartgallery.com.au/Exhibitions/Past_exhibitions/All_Roads_Lead_to_Rockhampton - I http://www.rockhamptonartgallery.com.au/Programs/Pinot_and_Pastels


I will not be original if I say that I greatly admire works by Heidleberg School artists for their perception and presentation of the Australian landscape.

51cm (W) x 34cm (H)
Original pastel painting on a half sheet Colourfix pastel paper, unframed
50cm (W) x 40cm (H)
Original oil painting, triple primed canvas, protective varnish
35cm (W) x 52cm (H)
Original pastel painting on a half sheet Colourfix pastel paper, unframed
50cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Original oil painting on a triple primed canvas, unframed
60cm (W) x 46cm (H)
Original pastel painting on A1 black Canson paper, unframed
66cm (W) x 47cm (H)
Original pastel painting on A1 Colourfix paper, unframed
53cm (W) x 29cm (H)
Original watercolour painting on 300gsm Saunders/Waterford paper, unframed
30cm (W) x 24cm (H)
Original oil painting on triple primed canvas, framed in a recylcled framed for a rustic effect
50cm (W) x 40cm (H)
Original oil painting on triple primed canvas
48cm (W) x 68cm (H)
Original pastel painting on black Colourfix paper, unframed