Name: Elena Smyrniotis
Hometown: Caledon, Canada
Living: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Qualifications: Bachelor of Fine Arts (University of Ottawa) and Bachelor of Education (University of Ottawa)
Experience: 18 years in visual arts and 13 years in education
Endorsed by: Lauren Noble
Proudest moment in your career?
Any and every time a work of art that I have made resonates with the audience.
Quote to live by in your industry?
“Art is the highest form of hope.” ~ Gerhard Richter
Five things we need to know about you?
I love to experiment. I get very excited about all the different forms of Visual Art that I get to teach my students so I tend to experiment heavily.
I have had my artwork published in 4 books, none of which I own as they have been lost through countless moves.
I am hugely geeky and it shows up a lot in my artwork.
I have discovered a renewed passion and goal for my artwork now that I have become a mother.
I am infinitely happy working behind the scenes on sets, props, and costuming - but if you put me on the stage I’m an utter mess. It doesn’t matter if it was my Grade 4 Christmas show where I was an elf, my middle school orchestra where I played the trombone, or my TEDedx talk two years ago - I cannot handle being centre stage.