Monterey is my favorite hideaway in Northern California. I often sneak away from the bustle of the Silicon Valley, over the Santa Cruz mountains, to the idyllic and captivating cliffs of Monterey, Carmel, and Big Sur. I paint plein air (outside) a lot and enjoy the intense moments of productivity intertwined with nature. This piece is on gallery wrapped canvas and the painting continues around the sides. It comes ready to hang.

- Lisa Elley

Monterey Dusk

Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on front and back

16" h x 12" w x 1.5" d
1 lbs. 0 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.”