Elena Dobrovolskaya was drawn to art from her early years, but the path to becoming an oil painter has not been a straight one. Despite studying drawing during school years, she decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps and graduated with a degree in chemical engineering.
Her career soon turned to business - she founded a travel company. 15 years in travel business gave Elena a unique opportunity to visit the best art museums in the world and to study art history from the original works of the great masters.
Elena radically changed her life in 2010 – she closed her business and returned to her passion for art.
She took up private lessons of oil painting with renowned artist Oleg Leonov, a bright member of the Russian Academy of Art, famous for his realistic portraits and landscapes.
From her teacher she captured a Russian school technique of Old Masters and added her own vision of classical portraiture with a bright, tasteful color palette.
After only a year at Leonov's art studio Elena Dobrovolskaya became a member of the Creative Union of Russia's Artists.
In 2011-2012 she worked as a curator of large-scale photo exhibitions in New York, Moscow, Paris and Strasbourg.
In 2012 Elena moved to the US. She lives and works at her art studio in Westchester, NY.