Elsa Sroka - Denver, CO

Elsa is a Colorado native from a family of six siblings, all of whom share the love of art and design. Mostly self taught, Elsa’s work is based on instinct rather than theory. Her inspiration can be selective as when drawn from early childhood memories; particularly hours spent drawing at the kitchen table with her brothers and sisters overseen by their father. Her inspiration can also randomly unfold as she approaches a blank canvas with no preconceived ideas, not knowing where it will end up. Often the subjects of her paintings are secondary to what may emerge from both unintentional marks and intentional smears that ignite a series of chain reactions suggesting a direction and ultimately meaning.

While Elsa paints a variety of subjects, all exude a forward-thinking, contemporary attitude. Her landscapes are mostly color-driven, finding inspiration in many sources including the various landscapes discovered in her travels, elements found in architecture, the imagery of other artists, and her own imagination. After laying down her foundational colors she scrapes away and moves the paint to reveal what is underneath, then applies more layers of paint. It’s not unusual for her to destroy a large portion of the piece in progress, ultimately resurrecting it through layer after layer, creating meaning and form in the process.

In Elsa’s cow series, expression is the most important element; infusing the subject with personality. Emotional connection is necessary before painting can begin. Recently she’s found inspiration in imagining cows in unconventional settings; a conscious departure from the traditional context found in much western art. She believes the ordinary subject becomes significantly more intriguing when misplaced, inviting the viewer to pay attention through the element of surprise. This idea can apply to many different subjects, encouraging appreciation of the more subtle qualities of beauty.

You’ll find her paintings share an intriguing play on genre and technique-many stylistically blurred; skewing reality, leaving the viewer to insert their own interpretation. She is particularly interested in the interplay of different mediums, along with the challenge presented in manipulating traditional methods. In the end, if Elsa is able to emotionally engage the viewer, she feels her work is complete.

Education: Workshop with Kevin Sloan; The Art Students League of Denver, Studied with Andrea Kemp, Michael Gadlin, Jane Jones, Michelle Torrez, Karen Roehl, Jeff Wenzel, and Mitch Castor; 2013 - Scottsdale Artists School,  Oil workshop with David Shevlino.

Awards & Honors: "People’s Choice Award," Colorado Plein Air Fest, Denver, CO, 2013; Fine Art Views BoldBrush Online Painting Competition, 2013; Fine Art Studio Online Jury’s Favorite 15%, 2012; Fine Art Studio Online Staff Pick, Daily Art Show, 2012.

Selected Publications: Southwest Art Magazine, Featured Artist, August 2017; Artists on Art Magazine, January 2017; American Art Collector, 2016, 2015, 2014; Strokes Of Compassion, Anne Neilson, 2015; Painted Sky, 106 Artists of the Rocky Mountain West, E. Ashley Rooney, 2015; Southwest Art Magazine, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012; Metromode Magazine, 2014; Colorado Homes and Lifestyles, June/July, 2014.

Selected Exhibitions: Terzian Gallery, Exhibition with New Works, Park City, UT, 2018; Gallery at the National Western Club, Coors Western Art Exhibit, Denver, CO, 2018; Abend Gallery Holiday Mini Show, Denver, CO, 2017; Mountain Oyster Club, AZ, 2017; Sorrel Sky Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, 2017; Artists For The New Century, The Bennington Center For The Arts, VT, 2017; Abend Gallery, Group Exhibition, Denver, CO, 2017; Splash, Group Exhibition, Eisenhauer Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA, 2017; 4-Person Exhibition, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, 2017; Gallery at the National Western Club, Coors Western Art Exhibit, Denver, CO, 2017;26th Annual Holiday Miniature Show, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, 2016; Solo Exhibition, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, 2016; Group Landscape Exhibition, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, 2016; Art Students League of Denver, Summer Art Market, 2016; Solo Exhibition, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, 2016; Group Landscape Exhibition, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, 2016; Summer Salon, Eisenhauer Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA, 2016; Animalia Exhibit, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, 2016; 25th Annual Holiday Miniature Show, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, 2015; 2-Person Exhibition; Elsa Sroka and Stephanie Hartshorn, Abend Gallery, Denver CO, 2015; Group Exhibition; Landscape, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, 2015; Modern Still Life, Abend Gallery, Denver CO, 2015; 2-Person Exhibition, Elsa Sroka and Angie Renfro, Terzian Galleries, Park City, UT, 2015; Old Traditions/ New Frontiers, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, 2015; Art Students League of Denver, Summer Art Market, 2016, 2013, 2012; Gallery at the National Western Club, Coors National Western Art Exhibit & Sale, Denver, CO, 2015, 2016, 2017; Holiday Miniature Show, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, 2014, 2013, 2012; Solo Show, Abend Gallery Denver, CO, 2014; Art For Life, Abend Gallery Denver, CO, 2014, 2012; Anne Neilson Fine Art, Grand Opening, Charlotte, NC, 2014; American Art Invitational, Saks Galleries, Denver, CO, 2014; "Silvery Winter Light," Act One Gallery, Taos, NM, 2014; "A Glimmer of Truth," Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, 2014; "Best and Brightest," Juried Fine Art Show and Sale, Scottsdale Artists School, AZ, 2014; "Small Treasures," Holiday Exhibition, Saks Galleries, Denver, CO, 2013; Colorado Plein Air Fest, a juried show, Denver Public Library, 2013; "Three Points of View," Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, 2013; Art and Soul, Art Students League of Denver, 2013; Saturday Night Alive, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 2013; Bold New West Show, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, 2013.

Representation: Abend Gallery, Denver, CO; Eisenhower Gallery, Edgartown, MA; Sorrel Sky Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; Terzian Galleries, Park City, UT.