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About the Artist

Elaine Waterman

Elaine Waterman was born in New York City and has had the opportunity to live on both coasts, as well as in big cities and little towns.  Her work is fueled by the energy of urban living blended with the sense of small town community.


Elaine began drawing and painting very young. She had her first solo gallery show at the age of 15.  She draws influence from her studies in Fashion Design, Art History and Fine Art, but is inspired mostly by dreams, fantasy, and finding the beauty in found and discarded objects. Her work, "Fancy Garb(age)", sewn from coffee filters, used tea bags, garbage bags, fabric softener sheets, mesh fruit bags and pop tops, won Best In Show at the Muse Gallery Recycled Art Exhibition in 2013. Her current work focuses on interpersonal relationships and the sometimes uncomfortable things we do to each other under the pretense of good intentions.

As an art instructor to young artists, Elaine relishes exposing her students to new art mediums. She shares her student's experimental enthusiasm and her work uses a wide range of materials. From digital art to pastels, her joy in finding the language of each medium and pushing it to say more is evident. Each work, whether detailed or free and expressionistic, has small hidden surprises crafted as a wink to the viewer to remind them to keep looking and learning.

In her spare time, Elaine can be found with her 2 kids, husband, 2 pugs and a cat in Highland, CA.  Most likely she will be in costume and face paint...

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