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A mother of four and proud grandmother of three, Elena Makievsky immigrated from Kharkiv in the Ukraine to the United States at the age of 19. With one child in tow and another on the way, Elena and her husband, Peter, set out to Astoria, Queens (New York) to start a new life here in the US.

After 17 years in New York, Elena moved to Roswell, Georgia where she could better care for Robert, her special needs son.  While at home with Robert, Elena took faux finish classes during the day and began faux finishing furniture to bring in extra money.  Just a short time later, Elena launched Studio One Art, a faux finish business where she faux finished rooms for Atlanta executives and celebrities.


In 2014, Elena started Canvas for Hope, a 501c3, with a mission to bring smiles to the children and their families affected by childhood cancer through art. While working closely with Children’s Hospital of Atlanta, her 200 Painting Challenge was born.  Now in 2018, and with over 800 paintings under her belt, she is determined to continue spreading joy through art by painting these brave warrior's favorite characters.


When not spending early mornings and late nights at her easel, working with her son Robert on his greeting card business, or visiting with these amazing kids, you can find Elena hanging out at her favorite coffee shop 

Mykenzi recieved her Canvas for Hope today. She was so excited to hang it over her bed. Thank you so so much Elena Makievsky for all you do for all the warriors!


An amazing lady Elena Makievsky painted this beautiful Moana for me! She has an amazing organization called Canvas for Hope and this is honestly one of my prized possessions