Elise Wagner painter, printmaker, and teacher, started as an aspiring dancer, a dream cut short by a car accident at the age of fifteen in 1982. Her creative path began through her recovery, she rediscovered her love of drawing and making art as a kid. An artist ever since, Elise is a living result of the phrase Art Saves Lives.
Originally from Jersey City, New Jersey, Elise relocated to Portland, Oregon 31 years ago. Her initial captivation with the geology, and the majestic beauty of the Pacific Northwest, lead her to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree at Portland State University. She studied painting, sculpture, art history, printmaking, geology, physics and environmental biology which wove into what would become the conceptual fabric of her work.
Elise is a 2015-16 recipient of the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant as well as numerous other grants and awards. Her work is among corporate and private collections throughout the U.S. and has been published in several books and catalogs. Making the Pacific Northwest her home base has continually nurtured her lifelong creative pursuits.