Elaine began painting at age four. She entered her first art competition at ten and began teaching at age 14. She has a BA Degree in Art Education from the University of South Carolina. Elaine has been painting professionally for over thirty years.
Her medium of choice is oil as she finds it more compatible with her method of working. She starts each painting with a feeling and a rather vague focal point. She knows by the time the first layer of paint is put down whether or not the painting is going to work. Elaine destroys more canvases than she signs as she sets a very high bar for her work. She enjoys painting still life, but the bulk of her work is landscapes, seascapes and all things pertaining to the natural environment.
“Most of my landscape paintings are started on location, either as a small rather complete oil sketch or as a larger painting where the color, mood, and feeling of one or two elements are captured and recorded accurately. Back in the studio I use my reference materials and notes to complete what was started in the field. I finish paintings in the studio because if I do too much on location, the painting doesn’t have enough of me in it.”
“The creative process is my life, and I am fortunate to have a career that allows me to be who I am - a painter of whatever touches my heart.”