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I am an attorney and enjoyed a career as an Administrative Law Judge in Michigan and worked for the Department of Homeland Security. I had never even thought about taking-up art, but in 2006 an instructor casually invited me to join her class, and I did. I marveled as the paint and water mixed across the page and instantly became an avid watercolor fan.

I am now enjoying all kinds of artistic mediums. My goal is to take an ordinary photo reference and make the viewer see much more than is captured by a camera. I want the viewer to experience an emotion that goes beyond just enjoying an image. I enjoy playing with different textures and mediums to provide drama and imagination in my art.

Elaine is an attorney who enjoyed a career as an Administrative Law Judge in Michigan and Director of the Bureau of Driver Safety for the Michigan Department of State. She also worked for the Department of Homeland Security as Program Manager of TWIC and as Assistant Federal Security Director for the Southwest Florida International Airport, Fort Myers, before turning to art in 2004. She teaches Beginning and Intermediate-Advanced Watercolor for Adult Community Enrichment at the Sarasota Technical College (ACE@STC). She is also Workshop Coordinator for Art Center Sarasota, where she brings nationally known artists to conduct workshops.
Elaine paints watercolor, mixed media, acrylic, and collage.

Elaine is a Signature Member of the Florida Watercolor Society and a Master Signature Member of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society. She is also a member of Art Center Sarasota, Art Center Manatee, Art Center of Venice, International Society of Experimental Artists. Her art is also displayed in many local art center exhibitions, including a 3-month show at the Florida Cancer Specialists building, LWR.

She studied under Douglas H. Teller, Prof. Emeritus, George Washington University, and
Mary Lou Ringers, ACE at SCTI, and has taken many workshops conducted by renowned artists.