Thanks to all who visited me this year for 
ProARTS 2015 East Bay Open Studios! 

Coming up this September-October 2015
Exhibit + reception at Rosenblum Tasting Room, Jack London Square, Oakland.


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"Veiled #12" featured on wine label for Eden Canyon Vineyards


It is an honor for me to have my painting featured on the label for Eden Canyon Vineyards 2010 "Freedom from the Press" Cabernet Sauvignon. This 100% free-run estate cabernet sauvignon has been aged 24 months in French oak barrels and is just being released now. For more info about Eden Canyon Vineyards, go to


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Winter Open Studio:new paintings + studio sale, Sat Dec 18, 11-5


Tomorrow Saturday Dec 18th will the last day of my open studio event. I'll be painting in my studio on the mezzanine at our shop, Kuhl Frames + Art, from 11-5. Please join me for some holiday cheer.


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the wonderful world of polymers


i am loving my new medium, acrylic paint. i can work faster and create great textures. i finished 12 small panels ("flights") a few weeks ago. and am working on six 20" x 20" canvases,("ponds") and i've started 12" x 12" panels, which have yet to reveal what they will be. 

also, color is back, i am loving oranges, reds, blues and greens. definitely warmer palettes are emerging as i progress. 


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Hi Elisa, Funny - I've been working in acrylics for years (ever since we moved out here 14 years ago and I didn't have good ventilation for oils), but your work inspired me to get back to my oil roots. I will still do both! I just LOVE your flights series. And congrats on your new space (Dana mentioned to me last night at Garibaldi's). I'll be checking back in!
-- Larissa, 8/13/08

the new stuff....


working on new paintings in a series i think will be called "threshold" or "thresholds".
"what is it?" is a question i ask myself often while painting these canvases, also "what am i doing?"

.....i suppose the point is that i've been determined lately to paint very instinctually.... just paint, move the paint around as it feels right it simple expressionism?

maybe. my ideas about what i am doing are simple, basic palettes, mostly monochromatic, white is very important because the color white is, in my mind's eye, transcendent, and calming. i am using the restricted palette because i am on a color diet, i do love color so, but i've wanted to focus on the image more, as nebulous as it may be, and keeping a simple palette lets me keep the focus on the shapes, lines, light and shadow. there is a timeless quality to monochromatic schemes like sepia tone photos, toile fabric, or old ink drawings, i love the baroque ink drawings of Fragonard, and do feel an affinity to them when i paint these.

i started the series with the studies on paper, which are shown under the "flight" gallery here on the website. as i painted them, they looked to me like there was something unknowable pushing towards the surface of what looked like water. i am following that idea now with the larger paintings, an image that is just perceptible as being "something" but ultimately unknowable, teetering on the threshold of existence.


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I'm really looking forward to seeing this series. The best art is that which is inspired - whether by a person, a place or just an intangible feeling. It grabs the viewer and often times, the viewer can not quite verbalize what it is they are reacting to. Best of luck ... and keep me posted!
-- Larissa, 7/28/07