What is painting, to me?

Painting is freedom, therapy, a form of meditation.
Focusing on the beauty, on the wonder, on the magic. Studying every little detail of reality, and then forgetting about what reality is, and what I am.
Forgetting about troubles, or seeing them from another perspective.
Expressing how I feel.
Exploring of all the infinite possibilities that we all can live and imagine, and just letting a white paper, or canvas, come alive.
Getting in contact with the part of me that my rational mind can’t completely grasp, connecting with intuition, listening to intuition.


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Pencil drawing of Brandon Boyd

This up here is my first drawing.

Elena Mantovan's illustration of the Warrior of the Light

I always loved drawing and painting. At primary school, I was the best of the class. But, as for photography, music and writing, I’ve been told that painting was not an important activity in my education. “Art doesn’t feed you”, that’s what I’ve been told.

At 28, I had a very difficult moment. I had a job I didn’t like, I felt alone, I had no joy, or purpose in my everyday life, I felt trapped.

If I try to go back with the memory, I actually don’t remember what happened and how I decided to re-start drawing, after years and years. I just started. For a second, I stopped thinking about what I HAD to do, and just did what I FELT LIKE doing. I myself was so stunned about how easy and natural and relaxing and joyful it was, and how satisfied I was with the result. It was like I discovered I had a superpower 🙂

Over time, I taught myself, and I had the chance to see my works exhibited in Rome, Ferrara, Puglia, to paint on the walls of many rooms, to illustrate stories, songs and books. You can see my paintings page or follow me on Instagram.

In these years, I met so many people that told me to choose between painting and photography. But I just can’t. And I don’t want to 🙂 I should give up and refuse a part of myself.

So I decided, instead of choosing between them, to merge them and connect them together. Isn’t it all connected, in the end? 😉

I had the gift of being able to do what I do, with no effort, with joy and pleasure, and I want to share it with others.

That’s why I don’t charge high prices for my artworks, and that’s why I give them as a present to the couples in love that choose me as their photographer.

Because it isn’t all about money, I think. It’s about connections, it’s about sharing emotions, it’s about L O V E ♡

Elena Mantovan's wall painting of Miles Davis playing trumpet

My Couples’ Paintings

These paintings are made on paper with watercolor and ink, but I draw and paint with different styles, with different medias and on different materials.

I’ll be happy to talk with you about what you prefer and what fits your taste, your nature, your places, and to choose together the portrait to be painted.

If you want to have a look at all of my works, visit my paintings page.

Painting : Illustration of two lovers, watercolor

These, here, are Wilson, the Love of my life, and I. Couldn’t not celebrate ourselves 😉

Painting : Illustration of two lovers, watercolor

Noor and Sam, from London

Painting : Illustration of two lovers, watercolor

Ross and Eric, from Seattle

Painting : Illustration of two lovers, watercolor

Pamela and Cesar, from Paris