Elaine, the youngest of six children, grew up living in the small coastal community of Toms River, New Jersey and spent much time outdoors as a child. She lived in central New Jersey surrounded by beautiful farm land for 20 years before moving and settling in Maine over more then a decade ago. Her art guidance has been primarily through private instruction and in recent years she has attended multiple workshops in Maine and Vermont. She is grateful to those who introduced her to plein air painting as this has provided her with the opportunity to paint the essence of nature. She enjoys Maine’s four distinct seasons, which provide continuous variations in the surrounding landscapes and scenery. Elaine enjoys experimenting with multiple mediums including pastels, watercolors, oils and acrylics.