ELISA SHEEHAN

ELISA SHEEHAN

I strive to make my work feel intimate yet expansive. I want to create an experience for the viewer and I want them to feel. To feel free, relaxed, powerful, at ease, inspired – whatever it is they bring to the piece from their own experiences.

My works are my personal reaction to my own existence and my relationship to the natural world. I am interested in the line between representational and abstract in my work. I am constantly walking that line. There are certainly elements of work that can be recognized as shapes found in nature, where I draw so much inspiration from and where I feel most at home, but there is also a certain freedom from the literal that brings my work to the edge of the abstract. I think we all seek the truth of our lives in one way or another and I do this through translating memories and feelings from nature onto the canvas. I learn so much about myself from both activities. I’m never painting solely what I see; I’m always layering as way of unraveling memories and bringing the truth to the surface. There is a constant push and pull while I work to communicate what I see but also what I feel.

My painting process is a combination of intuitive yet planned mark making and completely unrestrained play. Color, shape, texture and line are what express emotions in my work. While nature’s influence is ever present in my work as evidenced by shapes of botanical matter – flowers, branches, lichen, leaves, water, and pods – there are always elements that are derived from within me. Each is a representation of the present moment – calm, chaotic, energetic, reflective and beautiful.

  • ELISA SHEEHAN
  • ELISA SHEEHAN