Elena lives and teaches art focus and play based preschool in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is currently completing her BA at Augsburg University as a studio art major, psychology minor. Elena has a long background in visual arts, stemming back to the late 1990's as a professional photographer. Currently, she focuses her creative endeavors in painting. Elena has been intrigued by the complex way people use technology to communicate since the arrival of modern cell phones. This interest drives her to explore language as a means to convey impactful moments. Currently, Elena is completing a series of paintings inspired by text message conversations collected through interviews.