Elaine has always been an artist.
Her artistic journey began when she was a child in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, when she showed an early talent for drawing and painting. In high school, she studied art privately and then took art classes as an undergraduate at the University of Tennessee. She has also studied with Ramon Kelley, Sally Strand and Ben Konis.Elaine is acclaimed for her vitality of colors, strength of composition and variety of subject matter. She paints colorful landscapes, vibrant still lifes, and glowing children.
Recently, she has come full circle, returning to the non-representational work she produced as an art student in the 1960s. Her work ranges in size from small 4" x 6" pastels to 40" x 60" oil diptychs.Elaine's paintings have earned her national honors and are held in corporate and private collections worldwide. She is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, a signature member of the Degas Pastel Society and the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society.Three of Elaine's non-representational pastels have been hand tufted into wool rugs in India and will be offered for sale beginning in 2009.
One rug, "Saucy," competed in the 2009 Magnificent Carpet Awards sponsored by Architectural Digest.Elaine resides in Florence, Alabama, and occasionally teaches pastel painting and pastel-making classes at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts and Northwest Shoals Community College. Her work is represented at the Emily Amy Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, and Artifacts Gallery in Florence, Alabama.
Agnes Scott College- Decatur, GA
University of Tennessee- Knoxville, TN
University of North Alabama- Florence, AL
• Solo Exhibition: Comer Museum, Sylacauga, AL
• Solo Exhibition: Heritage Hall Museum, Talladega, AL
• Connecting Alabama/ Six Artists: State of Alabama Artists Gallery, Montgomery, AL
• Solo Exhibition: Lori Davis Gallery, Florence, AL
• Selected Award Winner chosen from a Pastel Society of America's Annual "For Pastels Only" Exhibition to exhibit as a group: Butler Institute, Cleveland, OH
• Six Artists Group Exhibition: Work/ Play, Birmingham, AL
Pastel Society of America's Annual Exhibitions - New York, NY
Pastel Society of the West Coast's Annual Exhibitions - Roseville, CA
Energen Corporation - Birmingham, AL
Chicago Pastel Painters - Chicago, IL
The Pastel Journal