Elspeth is a graduate of the Famous Artists School, Westport, CT, 3-year Commercial Art, Illustration and Design course. She was a part-time commercial and fine artist for many years. However, consulting and public facilitation and involvement took precedence for some 20 years. Nineteen years ago, Elspeth returned to her first love, painting, and during this time has taken several classes from well-known Canadian and American artists.
Living in several provinces has given Elspeth a wonderful opportunity to experience the wide range of topography and beauty of the Canadian landscape. Elspeth continues to focus primarily on landscapes, especially BC’s varied coastal terrain: using colour and the play of light and shadow to express her joy of the richness around her. Fields of colour, deep blue waters and thick lush forests all lead you into something that feels familiar; the comfort of nature. Her paintings include the stillness of ponds, sun drenched fields of the interior and a whimsical hint of flowers. Her love of the Rocky Mountains and the East’s brilliant fall colours are evident in many of her paintings. It’s all about colour!
Elspeth’s first visit to Hornby was in the early 70’s for a meeting of the newly established Islands Trust. At that time, Elspeth was the trustee for Gambier Island in Howe Sound. Truth be known, she fell in love with the Hornby Island right then and there. There just is something about Hornby that words cannot adequately express. The next trip was with her husband to visit our eldest daughter and 2 grandchildren in the late 80’s – and from then on regular visits throughout the years. The choice to live on the island permanently just came naturally, beginning in 2007. Hornby is an artist’s delight with its rugged shoreline, towering arbutus, immense skies, turbulent waters and the lush turquoise colours of the annual herring spawn – another luring facet of BC’s inviting coast.
Currently, Elspeth’s focus is on her studio where she enjoys meeting and chatting with visitors throughout the summer. She has been fortunate to meet so many interesting people, many of whom return, much to her great pleasure, to keep in touch. Visitors are most welcome any time of the year and in the off-season. A phone call or a knock on the door is all that is needed. Elspeth is always interested to hear how her work is viewed through other’s eyes and experience.
Her work currently is also shown at Arbutus Arts on the island. Elspeth’s paintings can be found in corporate offices in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto, and in private homes right across Canada, the U.S. England, Norway and South Africa.