Elsie developed an interest in art at a very early age. From early childhood, drawing has been part of her life. Work, marriage, family and a lack of formal art training did deter her for several years but a friend in England peaked her interest in oil painting (some 45 years ago) and so began her - belated - love affair with art. It has been an interesting journey since then and she has dabbled in many of the various mediums, expressing her art on paper and canvas. Her initial art projects were done in oils on canvas. Later on, she experimented with acrylics and completed many paintings using watercolours.
Free Spirited Painting
Not satisfied with Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour and Etching - done mainly in a representational style - Elsie was impatient to try something different and in a more abstract style. She took a course from a fellow artist (Bobby Zander) about a painter named Maxine Masterfield, who painted in a style she called 'abstract naturalism'. Elsie became very enthused about the possibilities of this painting technique that uses luminous & fluid ink on watercolour paper to produce 'free-spirited' and abstract paintings. As is her wont, she immediately put her other art endeavours aside (for the moment) and starting to produce her version of the 'free-spirited and abstract' art which she will be showing at an art show in Parksville at the McMillan Arts Centre, Parksville, B.C. from March 27 to April 28, 2012.
Without getting into detail, the method of using luminous liquid ink on watercolour paper, involves the use of plastic bottles with specialized tips for pouring the inks, rollers for spreading the ink and an assortment of objects for texturing the washes. It allows great flexibility for experimentation using a variety of natural elements such as salt, oil and wax as well as different manmade products such as plastics, wax paper, leaves, etc. The options are endless. The result from using this art medium is at once exciting, colourful and very rewarding to the artist. It is a free, intuitive approach to art.