My earliest influence was Georgia O’Keefe. I saw her Show at the Chicago Institute of Art in 1987 and I was hooked. Not only was she a great artist but a woman I could relate to in life terms.
I grew up not far from Kleinberg, Ontario and took regular visits to the McMichael Gallery. I marveled at the extensive collection of the Group of Seven paintings. I particularly liked the informal flowing look, yet technically superb work of Lawren Harris and AJ Casson.
Seeing EJ Hughes work for the first time in 2005 was a revelation and I knew I was on the right path artistically. I’m still learning new things about myself every time I complete a painting. “
Elissa Anthony is an accomplished Vancouver Island Artist, Working in Oils, Acrylics and Clay.
Born in 1953 in Toronto, Ontario, Elissa Anthony grew up in North Vancouver. She studied Graphic Art at George Brown College. She worked as a graphic artist for many years until taking a position as a Sales Manager for Display Arts of Toronto.
In 1991 she moved to England where she was exposed to the galleries and museums of Europe. She enthusiastically resumed studies at the MAC in Birmingham, West Midlands, England.
Her move to Vancouver Island proved inspirational and she has been painting in oils ever since. Often her work references a first nations/spiritual outlook, Elissa is ¼ Mohawk. She is consciously pursuing her native identity and spirituality.
Her work is shown in a selection of galleries on Vancouver Island and she participates in several group shows each year.
Federation of Canadian Artists
Landscape Artists International
Society of Canadian Artists
Pacific Rim Arts Society Artist Member