Elena Nahum Leroy

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Apart from many artists, I wasn’t a child who showed talent from first ages, and my first scribbles were just scribbles, and nothing else.

Did I like art? Yes. Did I know that I’d become an artist? No. Did I want it? Yes. Did I believe in it? No.

I was a very smart girl with deep interests and talents in math and science, experiments and loved creating things with hands. I didn’t have a chance to attend an art school, because of many reasons: too far from home, too much homework, and, what’s the most devastating, who needed arts when even the essentials were not available. People were spending a lot of time in lines to buy basic groceries.

So, I even didn’t dare to think to pursue artist’s way. I made a practical choice and got my Master’s Degree in finance and built a good career as an investment analyst. A problem of paying bills was solved. Even being a student, I found financial jobs and started building my career.

However, I always had an internal call to paint and was substituting this with crocheting, knitting, sewing, photography etc. But I am what I am, and hiding from myself can’t become a long-term strategy.

In 2005, as soon as I found an art school for adults, I started taking classes. Just to learn, without any ambitions. Painting turned in to my obsession: it was never enough and was always in my mind.

Since then, my life was gradually changing. In 2009, when I moved to Canada and settled down in Vancouver, BC, I got two real options: begin a new career, either in financial sector, or in arts. I chose the letter.

The same year I opened my art studio with RUSART Fine Arts name, where I have been teaching arts to children and adults. Since then, I'm a full-time artist.


Like many artists with academic backgrounds, I started with realism in classic techniques: pencil drawing, watercolour, and oil. However, I got bored with copying the life I see around me (and the life wasn’t necessarily that beautiful and pleasant), so I turn to another path, more creative and full of freedom.

The world is full of pain and if I depict violence or suffering, it doesn’t help. Now, my art blends whimsy, creativity, and vibrant colours, radiating happiness and fun. It embraces traditional elements with a quirky twist, creating a modern vintage aesthetic that captivates my audience and brings them to my art shows.

I prioritize originality, ensuring my work stands out. Bold and colorful, it transports viewers to a grand fairy tale world, reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland. Its unusual beauty offers a glimpse into my imaginative mind.

Through my art, I aim to inspire and evoke emotions, inviting them on an enchanting journey. It is stunning, thought-provoking, and explores timely themes. It is an authentic expression of who I am, sparking joy and wonder in those who encounter it.


Mixed media on canvas.


Tsar of the Seas is the first painting from the Kings and Queens series, devoted to different nations around the world, their strengths and values. This painting shows a strong and mature man who protects the seas opposing to excessive exploitation of the oceans by consumerism companies.

Elena Nahum Leroy


Mixed media on canvas.


Oasis is the third painting from Kings and Queens series. This painting shows the nature of a woman: wherever she appears (even in the desert) life is blooming. She is moving from left to right and flowers with birds are following her. Oasis’s is covered with a blue scarf symbolizing water, a symbol of life.

Elena Nahum Leroy