Elise Wagner painter, printmaker, and teacher, is originally from Jersey City, New Jersey, Elise relocated to Portland, Oregon in 1986. 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.