Born and raised in Wales, Wisconsin, Elissa Ewald is the youngest of three. She started drawing at the young age of seven. As she grew as an artist in her high school years, she started taking her art more seriously. Half way through high school her family moved two hours north to the small town of Coloma, Wisconsin. She then spent many days walking through her parent’s property enjoying the calm of the trees and finding wild lady slippers growing among the pines. She had plenty of opportunity to study nature in all its splendor.

As she continued to paint throughout her life, art became a way of expressing her passion for life experiences with her husband and their two children. Finding adventures in researching subjects she chooses to paint and meeting amazing people along the way. Everyone has stories to tell and every painting she creates has a story.

Elissa has four collections of works she is very passionate about growing; Buddies, Pathways, The Forgotten, and Floral.

Artist’s Statement:

The collections I have chosen to grow are so important to me because they each truly represent the preciousness of life. “Buddies” is a collection that represents the fact that every living thing needs companionship, by using happy colors to emphasize the feeling of joy that comes from having a friend by your side.

“The Forgotten” is a tribute to all things lost and almost forgotten, as I freeze the moments in time so we cannot forget them. With sadness in the lost or almost forgotten we find joy in what they gave us in these lessons in life. The best part of this journey is the people we meet and the passion that goes with the memories only those stories hold. Every “Forgotten” painting has a great story of how it came to be.

“Pathways” are everywhere, I love finding depth in every pathway and the excitement of remembering each day spent finding them. Every pathway has a purpose and a store to be told.

The “Floral” collection is of all the flowers that grow in my garden, I loves digging in the dirt and enjoys watching what I can get to grow and with a little luck, water, and sunshine, find the perfect specimen to paint. By using neutral colors, it allows us to decorate without restriction.

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