eal2013PhotoWelcome! My name is elisa. I am an artist, a wife, a mom, an ex-therapist, a bit of a tea addict, a nature enthusiast, and when I’m not doing all of those things, I’m also a part-time virtual assistant. Somehow I manage to get it all done but it’s not easy.

My goal as an artist is to help the viewer find some sort of balance in their lives. Even if it is only for a brief moment. I do this by focusing on the simplest elements of nature. Whether it is a quiet landscape or a flower on a blank canvas, my art becomes a break from the everyday. It’s a reminder to stop, breathe, and prioritize what is important.

In 2012 I became active in art fairs. I set up a very simple white tent and surround it with my landscapes. When people would walk in, there would be almost a complete sigh of relief. A break. They’d turn quiet for a moment. Maybe two. I could see it in their faces as they relaxed. Everything else was gone for just a moment and they could be quiet. That was when I was 100% sure I was exactly where I need to be doing exactly what I need to do.

I have been an artist for as long as I could remember. After graduating art school in Chicago, I moved to NYC. Back then I didn’t understand how an artist could make a living, so I worked in not-for-profits because making the world a better place is another one of my passions. Eventually I got a MSW and became a therapist only to be laid off after a few years because of the economy. So, I picked up my paintbrushes and went to work (something I had been wanting to do for awhile anyway). I spent the next few years figuring out exactly what my style was and what I wanted to paint. Landscapes were extremely interesting to me and I felt compelled to create them with big open skies and calm but colorful lands. The overall response to my work was that it got viewers to stop, breathe and relax. I had finally found a way to merge my art career with my social work/therapy training. I found a way to help people through my art. It was something I never expected but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.