Elissa was born in Ontario and grew up in North Vancouver. She studied to be a graphic artist and received her diploma as a graphic arts technician from George Brown College in Toronto. After graduating she worked in many art related businesses including advertising (layout artist), printing (creative director). Display art (sales manager), and a stint as a scenic artist.
Elissa moved to Europe in the early 90’s and spent 7 yrs travelling the continent and visited major galleries, redefining her artistic outlook and garnering as much information about painting and art as possible. During this time, she studied fine art at the Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham, England.
In the 90’s, Elissa moved to Vancouver Island. Since then she has flourished and grown as an oil painter primarily in landscapes, but segues into large format floral, mixed media, abstractions and funky fun stuff. Her style usually includes acrylic and oil in the same paintings.
Elissa has shown at such prestigious venues as the Old School House, Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo Arts Council, Lloyd Major Gallery, Gallery 223, Milner Gardens, the Rollins Centre, Englishman River Gallery, Smashing Glass, Shore Winds Gallery, Island Exposures, the Mark Penney Gallery and the Village Gallery in Sydney.
Elissa was the president of the Arrowsmith Room at the Oceanside Arts Council in Parksville and sat as a founding member for the Centre for the Arts Nanaimo. She taught and exhibited for 3 years at the Major Gallery in Parksville. Major and Anthony have had several collaborative shows in the recent past and continue to be good friends.
Elissa took part in the West Coast Mural Mosaic. She worked with approx 180 artists to create a huge mural called "Konamokst. This was unveiled at the 2010 Olympics (www.muralmosiac.com.)
Elissa’s work can be seen in many area galleries including Englishman River Gallery, Smashing Glass, Nanaimo Art Gallery, the Mark Penney Gallery, and Island Exposures. Elissa is a resident artist at Tosh and you can see her on Mondays and Tuesdays in Studio 8 on the upper floor of Tosh. She is a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, a member of Decosmos, and former member of Art 10.
When Elissa is not painting, she teaches oil and acrylic painting to adults in her studio ~ the Elissa Anthony Gallery/Studio, or at other venues in the area.
Elissa's style swings from realism thru expressionism, abstraction, mixed media and back. Either way you can always spot her unique style. Her interpretations of Vancouver Island capture her love of her adopted home. Her wide range of professional and artistic skills, combined with a unique and funky sense of humour, provide a delightful range of artwork to choose from.
Roger’s chocolates of Victoria purchased 4 of her images for their canadian collectors tins and they continue to sell throughout the year.