This piece is a luxuriant and elegant fall scene, inspired by the Sierra Nevada mountains here in California. Painted with a palette knife, it contains layers of rich oil paint, with gold, brown and ultramarine blue accents that overlay to combine and create a lovely visual aesthetic. Sides are painted with continuous colors, and it is wired, ready to hang.

- Lisa Elley

Heavenly Birch

Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on front and back

9" h x 12" w x 1" d
0 lbs. 6 oz.



Lisa Elley
Santa Clara, California

Getting to Know Lisa

Working almost exclusively with a palette knife, Lisa Elley maneuvers her artistic blade with an uncanny fluidity. Why paint only with the knife? She says, “when I paint with a brush, which I do occasionally, I tend to focus on the detail. With a palette knife I can't focus on the detail too much, so my paintings are looser, and more gestural, with bigger sweeps and strokes.” This technique is called wet-on-wet. And it seems to be quite popular, as she has been bestowed the title “Knife Queen” by her facebook fans. Fun fact: Lisa’s high school art teacher told her to study harder at math, as a career in art was “impossible.”