ELISE OKREND

C O N T E M P O R A R Y   P A S T E L   A R T I S T

 

HEALING ART THAT TOUCHES THE HEART

 

 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

My work is inspired by my observations of the natural world whether through travel or simply looking outside my back door. Using pastels, I capture a simple scene and transcend the ordinary into a work of vibrant beauty with spiritual dimension. My attention is given to a strong sense of light and an intense richness of color. My intent is to connect the viewer to a sense of healing and inner peace.

I love using pastels. I feel they are a direct connection from my body to the paper. I use my figures as a tool to blend vibrant pigment and create endless tones of color. I start each piece by blocking and building layers of color in the dark areas and working toward the lightest tones and highlights. I am always amazed at the versatility of using pastels. With the ease of an erasure or rub off you can change color, value or form.

 

 

 

Biography

A native of New York City, Elise has a BA in Fine Art from Binghamton University. After a successful career in design and print production, Elise together with her husband, developed a nationally known greeting card company, MixedBlessing, Inc. The creative process of designing her greeting card line brought Elise back to her first love of painting. Her focus, pastel landscapes depicted the healing beauty of nature. Elise's passion for painting mountain landscapes led her to relocate to Asheville, in the heart of North Carolina's Blue Ridge. 37 of Elise's paintings can be found in a book she co-authored with her with her husband, Messages to the Heart, Reflections of Beauty and Truth. Her paintings and book can be seen in her working studio and gallery space in the Wedge Buildilng in Asheville's River Arts District.

Elise's art has been selected for many juried shows and is part of the permanent collection of Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Medical and Mission Health Care.

 

Exhibitions and Galleries

Asheville Regional Airport Gallery, NC, Reimagined Exhibit, May-August 2016

Chestnut, Asheville, NC, Mood of the Mountains Exhibit, February 2016-Present

The Wedge Studios, RAD, Asheville, August 2015 -Present

Mountain Area Health Education Ctr, Asheville, NC, Aug.-Oct. 2015

Chifferobe, Black Mountain, NC, Solo Show, May-July 2015

Asheville Gallery of Art, Group Show, February 2015

Hotel Indigo, Asheville, NC, Art in Nature, January-March 2015

Asheville Gallery of Art, Asheville, NC, Noverber 2014-Present

Art in the Airport, Asheville Regional Airport, NC, June-August 2014

Wickwire Fine Art, Hendersonville, NC, February 2014-August 2014

The Kress Emporium, Asheville, NC, July 2011-Present

Just Art Fundraiser, Raleigh, NC, June 2013

Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC, June-July 2013

Bev's Fine Art, Raleigh, NC, Juried Show, May-June 2012

Hillsborough Arts Council, Hillsborough, NC, Juried Show, April 2012

Ambleside Gallery, Greensboro, NC Juried Show, March 2012

Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC January-February 2012

Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, May-June 2011

Artsplosure, Raleigh, NC Juried Show, May 21-22, 2011

Hillsborough Arts Council, Hillsborough, NC, Juried Show, April-May 2011

Duke Raleigh Hospital, Raleigh, NC, January-March 2011
The Barewall Gallery, Raleigh, NC, December 2010
Herb C Young Community Center, Cary, NC, September-November 2010
UNC Women’s Hospital Health Center, Chapel Hill, NC, August 2010
Port City Java, Raleigh, NC, June-July 2010
Duke Raleigh Hospital, Raleigh, NC, March-May 2010
The Carter Building, Studio #28, Raleigh, NC, April 2009-March 2010
The Rosenzweig Gallery, Juried Show, April-June 2009
The Barewall Gallery, Raleigh, February 2009-March 2009
Margaux’s, Raleigh, NC, February 2009-March 2009
Sunflower Gallery, Wake Forest, NC, January 2009
Zely & Ritz, Raleigh, NC, November-December 2008
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, Raleigh, NC, April 2008
Capital City Club, Raleigh, NC, August-September 2007
Garden Salon, Durham, NC, June-July 2007
Archer Graphics, Carrboro, NC, April 2007

Published Works

Messages to the Heart, Reflections of Beauty and Truth, Hard Cover Book Featuring 37 Pastel Painting

WNC Woman Magazine Cover Art - September 2014

MixedBlessing, Greeting card art, Nominated for Louie Award, Present
Emergence, A Meditative Journey Through the Seasons, CD Cover Art
Dinner Notes CD Cover Art

Professional Affiliations

River Arts District Artist, RADA, Asheville, NC

Appalachian Pastel Society of North Carolina

 

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