Lisa Elley

Lisa Elley

San Francisco, CA, United States

About Lisa Elley

​Lisa is an award winning palette knife artist with an unmistakable style, and colorful liveliness in her textured paintings. She maneuvers her artistic knife with an uncanny fluidity, creating vibrant oil paintings hanging in collectors’ homes all around the world.

Lisa now lives in the San Francisco Bay, where she combines her passion for her childhood homeland New Zealand, and her love of the diversity of California, to create colorful and mesmerizing oil paintings in a unique and intriguing contemporary style she calls Deep Impasto.

It takes a very talented and accomplished artist to use a painting or palette knife. This technique is unique, as the paint is applied very thickly, adding textured highlights with a beautiful sense of light and movement. Combined with this is Lisa’s outstanding ability to capture with her knife the incredible detail and personal elements that will resonate with your subconscious, and transport you into her colorful world of visual transcendence.

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Lisa is originally from New Zealand, where the beauty of nature is unsurpassed. The diversity in our amazing world inspires her, and she feels it in every stroke. She tries to reflect this in her work, and invites you to enjoy it as she does.
Visit www.lisaelley.com to view her recent artwork.
as well as;

www.instagram.com/lisaelley
www.tiktok.com/@lisaelley
www.facebook.com/lisaelley.art
www.pinterest.com/paintersknife
www.etsy.com/paintersknife
www.houzz.com/lisaelley
www.linkedin.com/in/lisaelley
www.youtube.com/c/lisaelley

Education

BA Auckland University

As a New Zealander born and bred, Lisa is deeply connected to her homeland. she has lived in London and New York, met her husband (who is South African) in Thailand, and now lives in the incredible San Francisco Bay with two beautiful daughters, who remind her every day with their laughter to appreciate every moment.

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A note from Lisa about her beginning as a professional artist ~

I have a Bachelor of Arts from Auckland University and have always loved to draw and paint. However, life, work and travel absorbs time, so I didn't paint much until I was inspired to revisit my creative side. After the birth of my children I enrolled myself in an oil painting class under the tutelage of renowned New York artist Robert Gross.

For years I carefully painted still-life pieces under the watchful eye of my mentor. Then late in 2011 I had an epiphany. I came across a painting rendered entirely with the painting knife, and was immediately transfixed by the sculptural quality of the piece. From that moment on, I found painting with the knife to be cathartic, natural and really really addictive! Sometimes I paint with bold, choppy strokes, using impasto (thick) paint and other times my style can be more detailed, refined and painterly, it depends on my subject matter. I like to paint nature, particularly trees, as well as cities, buildings and the places I have traveled. If it's interesting, I simply have to paint it and hopefully you like it. In our modern world of change and uncertainty, it gives me an amazing feeling of satisfaction to create something that people can enjoy.
Did I mention that I love not cleaning brushes?

Events

*Deep Impasto® Palette Knife Painting with Lisa Elley, online course launch September 2020.
*Adelman Fine Art Show 2020
*Wente Vineyards Artist of the Year 2019. Series of five wine labels designed for the 2017 vintage Artist series, limited edition wines.
*PACE Plein Air Show, San Francisco 2019. MacPherson's Art sponsored live demo.
*MacPherson's Art Dealer workshop, live demo, Las Vegas, 2019
*NAMTA 2019, San Antonio, TX, sponsored live painting.
*Little Italy San Jose Festival, live painting 9/2018
*Winner SF Women's Artists City of San Francisco Banner competition 2018
*Vintner's Wine Club, Yountville, Sonoma, CA, private live painting, 8/2018
*MacPherson's Art Dealer workshop, teacher, Las Vegas, 6/2018
*Plein Air show PACE, Santa Fe, NM, sponsored live painting, 4/2018
*SF China Annual Fundraiser, sponsored live painting and auction, San Francisco 4/2018
*NAMTA Dallas, TX, sponsored live painting, 2/2018
*Winner SF Women's Artists City of San Francisco Banner competition 2017
*RAW San Francisco 1015 Folsom 7/10/2014 www.rawartists.org/lisaelley
*First Prize, Landscape Category, 2013 Fort Lauderdale Artist's Haven International Juried Fine Art Painting Competition.
*Art Gallery 21 Fort Lauderdale Annual Juried Art Exhibition 2012 - Finalist -
*Finalist 2012 Fort Lauderdale Artist's Haven International Juried Fine Art Painting Competition.

Exhibitions

*Adelman Fine Art Exhibition 'Tell Me More' 2020.
*www.lisaelley.com Series release 'Desert Impressions' 2020
*Wente Vineyards Artist Series Duetto wine label release party, featured artist and bottle signing, Feb 2020
*Adelman Fine Art Exhibition 'Small Works' 2020.
*Adelman Fine Art Exhibition 'Music as Muse' 2019.
*Adelman Fine Art Exhibition 'Texture' 2019.
*Adelman Fine Art Exhibition 'Art You Enjoy' 2019.
*Adelman Fine Art Exhibition 4th Anniversary 2019.
*Wente Vineyards Artist Series Harrmony wine label release party, featured artist and bottle signing, October 2019
*Wente Vineyards Artist Series Serenity wine label release party, featured artist and bottle signing, August 2019
*Wente Vineyards Artist Series Sonata wine label release party, featured artist and bottle signing, May 2019
*Wente Vineyards Artist Series GSM wine label release party, featured artist and bottle signing, Feb 2019
*Adelman Fine art Exhibition 'Lens to Brush' 2019.
*Adelman Fine Art San Diego Exhibition 'California Love' 6/2018
*Works San Jose Exhibition 2018
*SF Women's Artist Exhibition, San Francisco 8/2018
*SF Women's Artist Exhibition, San Francisco 6/2018
*SF Women's Artist Exhibition, San Francisco 12/2017
*Works San Jose Exhibition 2017
*Ugallery Group Show, San Francisco, March 2017
*RAW San Francisco 1015 Folsom 7/10/2014 www.rawartists.org/lisaelley
*First Prize, Landscape Category, 2013 Fort Lauderdale Artist's Haven International Juried Fine Art Painting Competition. Exhibition July 15-31, 2013
*Art Gallery 21 Fort Lauderdale Annual Juried Art Exhibition 2012 - Finalist - Exhibition Nov 29-Dec 22, 2012
*Finalist 2012 Fort Lauderdale Artist's Haven International Juried Fine Art Painting Competition. Exhibition July 15 - 31st