Lisa Elley's Gallery



All my paintings are oil on canvas, using mainly palette knives, with thick application, bold strokes, painterly detail and rich colors. 
The palette knife gives my art a unique combination of contrast, fluidity, depth, texture and impact. I do not typically use a brush, as I prefer the way I can mix buttery paints and smear them on my canvas with a flexible metal blade. The amazing thick texture achieved with the knife reflects the light more than a regular brush painting and gives a beautiful sense of movement, with subtle highlights.
I am originally from New Zealand, where the beauty of nature is unsurpassed. Although I now live in the USA, the luminescent beauty of my homeland stays with me and I feel it in every stroke. I try to reflect this in my work and invite you to enjoy it as I do.


graphic design, illustration, other, abstract, people, portrait, crafts, pottery, interior, painting, architecture, fantasy, collage, computer art, mixed media, printmaking, textile, fashion, floral, photography, animals, philosophy, body art, boating, home, life, love, new age, digital art, oil, original, drawing embossing, paper, watercolor, holidays, music, nature, nudes, ceramics, comic, fiber, leather, erotic, fetish, calligraphy, ethnic, landscape, automotive, sculpture, geometric, pastel, mythology, naive, mountains, woodworking, animation, children, comics, cosmic, cuisine, death, food, humor, magical, mystical, optical, peace, farm, inspirational, artistic book, botanical, ecological, birds, history, biblical, communication, landscapes, furniture, cats, country life, dance, fish, metalsmith, motivational, activism, circus, cityscape, conceptual, digital, education, family, mask, political, reproduction, astronomy, installation jewelry, tatoo art, computer animation, aviation, computer, maps, minimalism, modern art, glass, basketry, enameling, tapestry, neon, mosaic, kinetic, optic, oil painting, texture, palette knife, palette


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