My intention with this painting was to evoke the senses with a middle eastern feeling; sultry nights and the smell of turmeric and cinnamon, combined with sumptuous hues of turquoise. The palette knife achieves a wonderful stucco texture combined with impasto flowers to finish it off. This painting is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished edges. It comes ready to hang. 

- Lisa Elley

Middle Eastern Dream

Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on front and back

10" h x 8" w x .75" 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.”