Lisa Elley
Santa Clara, California

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.”

Discover Original Art by Lisa Elley | Birches in Blue oil painting | Art for Sale Online at UGallery
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Birches in Blue
10" x 10" , oil painting
$300

Discover Original Art by Lisa Elley | Aware of Autumn  oil painting | Art for Sale Online at UGallery
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Aware of Autumn
10" x 10" , oil painting
$300

Discover Original Art by Lisa Elley | Morning Walk oil painting | Art for Sale Online at UGallery
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Morning Walk
10" x 8" , oil painting
$300


Amore
10" x 8" , oil painting
$300

Peonies
10" x 10" , oil painting
$300

Italian Days
10" x 10" , oil painting
$300


Enchanting Fall
48" x 72" , oil painting
$3,900

Napa Valley in the Summer
20" x 20" , oil painting
$675

Autumn in Yosemite
10" x 10" , oil painting
$300


Fall in to Autumn
12" x 9" , oil painting
$300

New York, New York
10" x 10" , oil painting
$325

My Perfect Italy
10" x 8" , oil painting
$300


Italy With Me
10" x 8" , oil painting
$300

Italy of Mine
9" x 12" , oil painting
$375

Surrender Your Heart
24" x 24" , oil painting
$850


Tuscan Garden
8" x 10" , oil painting
$300

The Lone Cypress
12" x 16" , oil painting
$525

Promise Me
12" x 9" , oil painting
$325


Monterey Dusk
16" x 12" , oil painting
$525

Monterey of Mine
12" x 16" , oil painting
$500

Silver Birch
8" x 10" , oil painting
$300


Spring Perfection
10" x 10" , oil painting
$300

Napa Vineyard Hues
8" x 10" , oil painting
$300

California Melody
12" x 12" , oil painting
$425


Big Sur
36" x 36" , oil painting
$1,750

California Sunlight
36" x 36" , oil painting
$1,750

My Garden Song
8" x 10" , oil painting
$300


Spring Madness
10" x 10" , oil painting
$300

A Delicate Symphony
8" x 10" , oil painting
$300

Springtime Promise II
10" x 8" , oil painting
$300


Springtime Dream
10" x 8" , oil painting
$300

Summer in Napa Valley
8" x 10" , oil painting
$300

Springtime Promise
10" x 8" , oil painting
$300


Simply Spring
10" x 10" , oil painting
$300

Delicate Spring
10" x 10" , oil painting
$325

Simply Birch
10" x 8" , oil painting
$300


Winter Elegance
20" x 20" , oil painting
$750

Pristine Winter
12" x 9" , oil painting
$325

Heavenly Birch
9" x 12" , oil painting
$400


Midsummer Dream
8" x 10" , oil painting
$375

Mysterious Poppies
12" x 9" , oil painting
$325

Perfect Peonies
10" x 8" , oil painting
$325


Precious Pansies
10" x 8" , oil painting
$325

Prelude
16" x 20" , oil painting
$625

California Golden Poppies
8" x 10" , oil painting
$300


Make Believe
16" x 12" , oil painting
$475

Flight of Fancy
10" x 8" , oil painting
$325

Mi Amore
10" x 8" , oil painting
$325


Elegance
12" x 16" , oil painting
$475

Honesty
10" x 8" , oil painting
$300

Patisserie
8" x 10" , oil painting
$325


Walking in California
8" x 10" , oil painting
$300

Italian Evening
10" x 8" , oil painting
$400

Earth Tones
12" x 12" , oil painting
$400


Iconic Italy
10" x 8" , oil painting
$325

Precious in Pink
10" x 8" , oil painting
$300

Fiery Birch
11" x 14" , oil painting
$400


Nature's Gift
10" x 8" , oil painting
$300

Wild Poppies
8" x 10" , oil painting
$300

Evening Poppies
8" x 10" , oil painting
$325


Facade
8" x 8" , oil painting
$375

Eminence
12" x 12" , oil painting
$475

The Bay Area
10" x 10" , oil painting
$375


Beautiful Birch
20" x 20" , oil painting
$750

Benevolent Birch
20" x 20" , oil painting
$750

Birch Eloquence
12" x 12" , oil painting
$425


Rustic Italy
10" x 8" , oil painting
$425

Giardino Italiano
8" x 10" , oil painting
$375

New York State of Mind
24" x 24" , oil painting
$870


Undertones
12" x 12" , oil painting
$425


Dreaming of Fall
10" x 10" , oil painting
$300

Quiet Elegance
10" x 10" , oil painting
$300

Poppies of Summer
10" x 8" , oil painting
$300


San Francisco Skyline
10" x 10" , oil painting
$325

My Big Sur
24" x 24" , oil painting
$775

A Day in San Francisco
8" x 10" , oil painting
$300


Spring Moment
8" x 10" , oil painting
$275

Berkeley Hills
10" x 10" , oil painting
$300

Desert Spring
8" x 10" , oil painting
$300


My Love of California
12" x 12" , oil painting
$400

California Dream
12" x 12" , oil painting
$400

Napa Valley Spring
8" x 10" , oil painting
$275


Forever Monterey
16" x 20" , oil painting
$575

My Spring Dream
16" x 20" , oil painting
$575

My Poppy Field
8" x 10" , oil painting
$275


Romance in Monterey
24" x 18" , oil painting
$775

Napa Valley Greenery
8" x 10" , oil painting
$275

The Promise of Spring
10" x 10" , oil painting
$350


Monterey Mystery
10" x 10" , oil painting
$275

Monterey in Color
10" x 10" , oil painting
$275

Spring Dream
10" x 8" , oil painting
$275


Delightful Daisies
10" x 8" , oil painting
$275

Vision of Winter
8" x 10" , oil painting
$275

Waves of Monterey
8" x 10" , oil painting
$275


My Monterey
8" x 8" , oil painting
$250

Time Standing Still
10" x 8" , oil painting
$350

Daisy Days
10" x 8" , oil painting
$275


Eloquence
10" x 8" , oil painting
$275

Quintessential Carmel
10" x 10" , oil painting
$275

California Evening Poppies
10" x 10" , oil painting
$275


A Garden in Italy
8" x 10" , oil painting
$275

Garden in Italy
12" x 9" , oil painting
$350

A Day in Italy
10" x 8" , oil painting
$325


My True Love
10" x 10" , oil painting
$375

Paris La Nuit
16" x 20" , oil painting
$675

True Love
10" x 8" , oil painting
$300


Napa Valley Summer
8" x 8" , oil painting
$250

Je Ne Sais Quoi
8" x 8" , oil painting
$275

Melody
10" x 8" , oil painting
$300


Take Me There
10" x 10" , oil painting
$350

Italy in Blue
8" x 8" , oil painting
$250

At Time's Edge
9" x 12" , oil painting
$300


California Cliffs
8" x 8" , oil painting
$250

Monet's Dream
8" x 10" , oil painting
$275

Bellissima
12" x 16" , oil painting
$475


An Evening in California
8" x 10" , oil painting
$275

The Loveliest Day
12" x 9" , oil painting
$300

Variance
8" x 10" , oil painting
$250


Refinement
12" x 9" , oil painting
$275

Happiness
10" x 8" , oil painting
$250

Amore Mia
10" x 10" , oil painting
$275


The Perfect Concoction
12" x 9" , oil painting
$325

Promises
8" x 10" , oil painting
$275

Haven
10" x 8" , oil painting
$275


Meandering
10" x 8" , oil painting
$275

Mystery
8" x 10" , oil painting
$300

Poppy Field
8" x 10" , oil painting
$250


California Countryside
12" x 12" , oil painting
$375

Sing Along with Me
10" x 8" , oil painting
$325

Benevolent Birch Study
12" x 9" , oil painting
$325


California Evening
8" x 10" , oil painting
$350

Italian Garden
8" x 10" , oil painting
$375

Wine Country
8" x 10" , oil painting
$325


Dancing Pansies
12" x 12" , oil painting
$350

Study in Birch
12" x 12" , oil painting
$375

A Summer in Italy
10" x 10" , oil painting
$350


Poppies in Monterey
8" x 10" , oil painting
$300

Find Me in Italy
10" x 8" , oil painting
$300

Mine Forever
10" x 8" , oil painting
$275


Forever Mine
10" x 8" , oil painting
$275

Style of Italy
10" x 8" , oil painting
$450

Birch Intentions
12" x 12" , oil painting
$400


Romance in Italy
8" x 8" , oil painting
$300

Finestra Italiano
10" x 8" , oil painting
$350

Une Maison de Paris
10" x 8" , oil painting
$350


Never Ending Poppies
10" x 10" , oil painting
$400

Never Ending Spring
12" x 12" , oil painting
$400

The Beauty of Wine Country
8" x 10" , oil painting
$325


Colorful Monterey
8" x 10" , oil painting
$300

California Gold
8" x 10" , oil painting
$300

Dreaming of Monet
10" x 8" , oil painting
$275


Napa Valley Poppies
8" x 10" , oil painting
$275

Italian Memory
10" x 8" , oil painting
$300

My Italy
10" x 8" , oil painting
$300


Frivolous
10" x 8" , oil painting
$275

Rouge et Jaune
10" x 8" , oil painting
$300

Poppy Mayhem
8" x 10" , oil painting
$250


Piece of Italy
8" x 10" , oil painting
$325

Poppies
10" x 8" , oil painting
$325

Blue Birches ll
12" x 12" , oil painting
$400


Napa Valley Lavender
10" x 8" , oil painting
$325

Water Lilies
8" x 10" , oil painting
$325

Magical Monterrey
8" x 10" , oil painting
$300


Garden Symphony
8" x 10" , oil painting
$300

Middle Eastern Dream
10" x 8" , oil painting
$300

Roman Holiday
10" x 8" , oil painting
$300


Wine Country Vines
8" x 10" , oil painting
$300

New Beginnings
10" x 8" , oil painting
$300

A Day in the Garden
8" x 10" , oil painting
$250


Romantic Italy
10" x 8" , oil painting
$350

Mattina Di Sole
10" x 8" , oil painting
$350

Tuscan Dream
8" x 10" , oil painting
$250


Summer in Provence
8" x 10" , oil painting
$250

Vado a Casa
8" x 10" , oil painting
$250

Basilica of Saint Clotilde
12" x 12" , oil painting
$450


California Fall
8" x 10" , oil painting
$250

Unabashed
12" x 12" , oil painting
$300

Atonement
12" x 12" , oil painting
$400


Au Revoir
14" x 11" , oil painting
$350

Color Awakening
12" x 12" , oil painting
$300

Solidarity
12" x 12" , oil painting
$300


Sonnet
10" x 8" , oil painting
$250

Soliloquy
10" x 8" , oil painting
$250

Paris Rooftops
10" x 8" , oil painting
$250


Wandering through Paris
10" x 8" , oil painting
$250

Italian Moment
10" x 8" , oil painting
$250

Italian Style
10" x 8" , oil painting
$250


Lightness of Being
10" x 8" , oil painting
$250

San Francisco Facade
8" x 10" , oil painting
$250

Another Endless Summer
12" x 12" , oil painting
$425


Endless Summer
12" x 12" , oil painting
$425

Little Italy
8" x 10" , oil painting
$250

Autonomous Autumn
11" x 14" , oil painting
$325


Three Birches
10" x 8" , oil painting
$250

Symphony in Birch
24" x 18" , oil painting
$675

Another Rustic Summer
12" x 12" , oil painting
$350


Rustic Summer
12" x 12" , oil painting
$350

Breath of Autumn
20" x 24" , oil painting
$600

Pacific Sunset
12" x 12" , oil painting
$450


Ombre Horizon
20" x 20" , oil painting
$575

Arabian Nights
10" x 8" , oil painting
$250

Redwood Forest
15" x 30" , oil painting
$650


Italian Window
10" x 10" , oil painting
$400

Italian Romance
10" x 8" , oil painting
$250

Tuscany
8" x 10" , oil painting
$250


West Coast Beach
10" x 10" , oil painting
$350

Doorway in Italy
10" x 10" , oil painting
$350

Steamy New York
12" x 12" , oil painting
$450


New York Winter
20" x 20" , oil painting
$775

Napa Days
20" x 20" , oil painting
$695

Rainy Evening in San Francisco
20" x 24" , oil painting
$875


Napa Valley
8" x 8" , oil painting
$245

New York Moment
24" x 18" , oil painting
$825

San Francisco in the Rain
20" x 16" , oil painting
$800


Dreaming of Italy
10" x 8" , oil painting
$250

Birch Trees of Fall
30" x 30" , oil painting
$1,125


Speak with Lisa


Lisa Elley 11/10/2016 | 12:07 AM

Hi Frank, I'm so happy that you received your painting in a timely manner and that you like it as much as I enjoyed painting it! There is nothing quite like New York! Thanks for your kind comments, I really appreciate you taking the time to stay in touch. Happy Thanksgiving! Cheers, Lisa

Frank 11/9/2016 | 3:12 PM

Hi Lisa- Perfect timing on the shipping- arrived just in time before we go away for a long weekend. I love it- and as always the way you use the knives is so effective it looks like a 3-D painting- with rich texture and color. I will continue to follow your work and wish you continued success. Cheers, Frank

Lisa Elley 11/1/2016 | 11:31 PM

Hi Frank, Great to hear from you! I too love New York, and I paint it whenever I get the chance. Your painting is wired and will be on its way later today. I'm so thrilled that you have found some space in your wonderful art room for my art! The blog article about you and what inspires you to collect art was and still is my favorite! Cheers, Lisa

Frank 11/1/2016 | 11:23 AM

Hi Lisa- seems like I can't resist your work- my third purchase and this time its your "New York Winter" - the city I was born in and now live close by on Long Island. No doubt its ready to hang with a wire. I cant wait to receive it. Cheers, Ftrank

Lisa Elley 7/29/2016 | 12:56 PM

Thank you so much for your nice comments, I really appreciate you taking the time to reach out! Birch trees are my favorite! With my knives I lay out the background, then scrape out the outline of the trees, then get lashings of gorgeous titanium white oil paint and lay it over the top, making sure I leave a darker side to make the trees round, then I finish with the Paynes gray highlights. So much fun! Enjoy your painting! Cheers, Lisa

commentsBirch Intentions
K Burke 7/28/2016 | 8:33 AM

Lisa, I purchased 'Birch Intentions'. What a beautiful piece! I love the texture of the birch trees that you've captured. Thank you so much!

Lisa Elley 5/21/2016 | 9:04 PM

Hi Frank, Great to hear from you! I'm so glad that FedEX had your painting to you in such a timely manner! Yes, I totally agree that I should do some East Coast beach scenes, Long Island is so classically beautiful, like an elegant and refined ballerina, compared to our ruggedly beautiful West coast. I feel like I must paint them all! I'm so glad that I can share my art with you and Thank you for your kind words of encouragement and appreciation! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, cheers, Lisa

Frank 5/21/2016 | 2:07 PM

Sorry I got cut off from finishing my comments Lisa- I loved "Colorful Monterey' and wish you could do some work on East Coast beach scenes ie. Long Island where I live. Ill stay in touch with your work and again thank you for doing it so well, Cheers, Frank

Frank 5/21/2016 | 2:02 PM

Hi Lisa- I was emailed by fedex and told to expect the package on this coming Tuesday- well it arrived today on Saturday- How in the world do you get it here so quickly- I have to nominate you for best shipper (lol). And the artwork itself was just what I hoped for- I have no idea how you get the palette knife to make such small petals on all the flowers. You are the "Knife Queen" and I agree with your fans. Beautiful and rich in texture and color.

Lisa Elley 5/16/2016 | 9:44 PM

Hi Frank, great to hear from you! Thanks so much for your purchase! I hope you enjoy your palette knife painting of exquisitely colorful Monterey, this painting has so much texture, it's lovely in person. I'm glad it fits nicely in to your space, enjoy! cheers, Lisa

Frank 5/16/2016 | 1:48 PM

Hi again Lisa- I'm back and as mentioned I couldn't resist another palette knife painting of "Colorful Monterey"- It will enhance my art walls even more and fit in perfectly size-wise. All the best to you- Cheers, Frank

Frank 5/3/2016 | 7:39 AM

Thank you so much Lisa- sorry, the photos of the room were taken before I received you painting- otherwise it would have been included- next time! Keep that palette knife going- it intrigues me no end. Cheers, Frank

Lisa Elley 5/2/2016 | 3:08 PM

Hi Frank, I really enjoyed reading the 'Collector Spotlight' feature about you and your career and your art collecting! It's so fascinating as an artist to learn about what motivates your collectors and how your art resonates with them on a personal level, as we are all so different and art is so subjective. I love the idea of your 'art room', Thanks for sharing with us! Cheers, Lisa

Lisa Elley 4/29/2016 | 1:23 PM

Hi Frank, humble apologies, I didn't see your question before about whether the painting is wired, I always paint the edges and wire all my paintings as I feel like it finishes them nicely. I'm so glad you like 'Poppy Mayhem', the texture of my palette knife paintings is most definitely more appreciated in person, it's hard to convey the 3D effect in a photo. So Thanks for the fantastic comments and I'm thrilled that you like your painting! Cheers, Lisa

Frank 4/27/2016 | 1:42 PM

Hi Lisa- "Poppy Mayhem" arrived quickl y and it reminds me of how much I love palette knife ainting. So bold, textured as if in 3-D. It is just what I hoped it would be and please go on painting. I will follow your work. Cheers, Frank

commentsPoppy Mayhem
Frank 4/17/2016 | 1:32 PM

Hi Lisa- quick question before I decide. I really like your "Poppy Mayhem"- does it come ready to hang? Like with a wire . Many thanks, Frank

Lisa Elley 4/5/2016 | 4:40 PM

I'm so thrilled to hear that! I love to know that my paintings bring a little beauty in to other people's lives! Let me know if you have any questions, Cheers, Lisa

commentsPacific Sunset
M Sobko purchased this artwork. 4/2/2016 | 4:24 PM

This painting is exactly what I expected. It will be enjoyed for years to come. Just beautiful!!!!

Lisa Elley 3/19/2015 | 5:25 PM

Hi everyone, I'm new on UGALLERY, and am so excited to be here! I welcome questions and comments, so please feel free to contact me. Thanks for stopping by, and for joining me on my journey to find a little beauty in our world! Cheers, Lisa