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.
She 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.