This painting is inspired by the African goddess Yemaya which is a central figure of the painting. Surrounding her are various objects and animals that usually symbolize her: the flowers, the shells, the fishes, the light blue color, and even the movement of her throwing stones in the water.
Jelena Petkovic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, now Serbia, where she graduated with the BA in Interior Design from the Faculty of art and design at MEGATREND University. Jelena was always painting but didn’t see it as a possible career in her country. Moving to Paris in 2015 lead her to pursue her passion for oil painting and art. During 2017-2018 Jelena created her first series of twenty oil paintings, abstract portraits of women. Her collection was exhibited at the CIEM, Paris, in January 2019; in 2020 her painting won Best in show in the "ALL Planet Earth" art competition; artist showcase at Light Space & Time art online gallery; honorable mention and special merit in "Created in isolation" art competition; honorable mention in "Primary Colors" art competition and was published in BlueBee magazine’s forth issue. Today Jelena is working on a new collection inspired by meditation and nurturing individuality.