Elise Wagner, painter, printmaker, and teacher, is originally from Jersey City, New Jersey, Elise relocated to Portland, Oregon 32 years ago. Her initial captivation with the geology, and the majestic beauty of the Pacific Northwest, lead her to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree at Portland State University. She studied painting, sculpture, art history, printmaking, geology, physics and environmental biology which wove into what would become the conceptual fabric of her work.

Elise is a 2015-16 recipient of the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant as well as numerous other grants and awards. Her work is among corporate and private collections throughout the U.S. and has been published in several books and catalogs. Making the Pacific Northwest her home base has continually nurtured her lifelong creative pursuits.

Artist Statement

As a lifelong creator, I have often felt as though I am a vessel combining different art materials to navigate my interpretation of the human experience. Making art has always been essential for as long as I continue to have something to say and feel compelled to create. My work attempts to abstractly synthesize my observations in nature and science and distill it into some form of beauty as a reflection of our rapidly evolving contemporary world. 

Motivation for my work often stems from or coincides with contemporary scientific discoveries in astronomy, physics, meteorology and climate science. My most recent work is inspired by the human impact that is causing global warming and the ice shelves to recede. 

Art has the power to transcend and express a deep and profound understanding of society, nature, technology, culture, science, the climate and geo-politics. My hope with my work is to elevate our awareness of the growing and critical crisis of climate change that our world faces.