Yelena Lamm began painting in early childhood, and received formal art training from the N. K. Roerich Fine Arts School in St. Petersburg, Russia. After moving to Pittsburgh in 1995, she pursued a career as a graphic artist while keeping on painting. Lamm had two solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group shows. Her work is currently on display at the Pittsburgh Mayor’s Office. Lamm's subjects are traditional in their nature, but she prefers her realism to have a little twist. She likes mixing the soft curves of the human form with architecturally structured or geometric patterns, combining elements of cubism with organic shapes. In her portraits, she likes conveying the person's story through the use of background details. In Lamm's recent works, she has come closer to academic art traditions, while keeping a bright palette and geometry of form.