The vents that transport plumes of steam up into the streets of Manhattan are one of the many small sensory effects that make New York streetscapes so distinctive. Combined with a rainy day and a black and white palette, this makes for a striking palette knife painting. The piece is on a gallery wrapped canvas and the painting continues around the sides. The work comes wired to hang.

- Lisa Elley

Steamy New York

Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on front and back

12" h x 12" w x 1.5" d
1 lbs. 9 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.”