Elaine Lisle


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Elaine Lisle is a Philadelphia artist whose work emphasizes the immediacy of the moment. Her work often features architectural focal points, figures and reflections with vibrant color and contrast to emphasize the emotional context of the subject. She received a B of Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and completed post-graduate study at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She has won regional and national awards, most recently receiving a first place award at the Philadelphia Sketch club in 2017, First place in Nocturnes at Annapolis Plein air and an Honorable Mention at the 2014 Easton Plein air festival. She has exhibited widely on the East coast, and her richly painted oils are owned by numerous corporations, public institutions and individual collectors around the globe. Lisle is represented by Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia, the Station Gallery in Wilmington, and Carega Gallery in New Hampshire. She was featured in American Art Collector in 2016 and International Artist Magazine in March 2014. She is on the faculty of the Main Line Art Center in Haverford, PA and has led painting workshops in Philadelphia as well as Southern France. “Each time I begin a painting I am looking to create a sense of joy and recognition for the viewer. A captured moment in time, a portrait of place- that causes you to see it differently and most importantly, with pleasure. I only work in oil, en plein air and from life, though I frequently complete larger complicated compositions in the studio. There is nothing like the excitement of working en plein air, racing against the clock to capture one moment and the piece of that moment that will bring pleasure to the viewer.”