Ottawa-based artist, Andrea Elena, is a watercolour artist and instructor. At a young age she was taught to how to work in ceramics by her relatives, who were practicing artists as part of a broader, family vocation. In her later life, Andrea attended Algonquin College for photography and graphic design, and then several years later, the Ottawa School of Art to learn watercolour painting. She has had extensive training in visual design through her MA education in multi-modal discourse analysis. Currently, Andrea teaches watercolour in various locations across Ottawa, including (but not limited to) Hello Art Studios. In her personal artwork, Andrea is inspired by wildlife, nature, and human perception of the natural world, as well as our relationship to it. As her work evolves, Andrea is focusing more on artwork that invokes 'post-destruction' states of decay and how nature reclaims human spaces. Her artwork is moving toward serving as a commemoration, warning, and reminder of nature/human circumstances such as those found in post-Katrina New Orleans, as well as the exclusion zone in Chernobyl. Her watercolour palette has been deliberately curated to represent mold, moss, decay, mist, and mystery - leveraging the play between hues of orange and turqoiuse.