Port Albion Revisited 16 in X 40 in Oil, acrylic under painting on canvas
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Elissa grew up in North Vancouver. She then studied Graphic Art at George Brown College in Toronto.
She worked as a graphic artist for many yrs. in Toronto, until taking a position as a Sales Manager for Display Arts of Toronto.
This job was fulfilling on many levels. She was able to be a liaison, and convey ideas between the artists creating the work, and the corporations who were buying it. She found this work very rewarding and this experience became the corner stone for eventually having her own art-based business.
Elissa moved to England for 7 years where she was exposed to the galleries and museums of Europe. She also took fine art courses at the MAC in Birmingham, West Midlands, England.
Her move to Vancouver Island proved inspirational and she has been painting in oils ever since. One of her students claimed, “we think about art, but Elissa IS art”. Her life has become a whirlwind of creativity; from oil painting and pottery, to jewelry makind and teaching, art consumes her days.
Often her work takes on a slightly native/spiritual slant, which is of no surprise considering Elissa is ¼ Mohawk. This is an area she is consciously pursuing at the moment.
Her work is collected across Canada and Europe. She shows in several galleries here on Vancouver Island including Englishmen River Gallery, Mark Penney Gallery, Salish Sea Market and the Comox Airport.
She was a resident artist at The Old School House. Her own Gallery ~ Elissa Anthony Studio/Gallery is open to the public most Sundays and by appointment.
Recently, four of her paintings were chosen by Roger’s Chocolates of Victoria to grace their Collector Tins.