Elaine is a graduate of Carleton University (B.A.Hon.) where her Major subjects were Anthropology and Religion. She continued on with graduate studies, completing coursework in Religion and Popular Culture, but discovered the world of art quilts before finishing her thesis. Elaine is keenly interested in the way that we as humans make meaning, find our place in the world, and the factors that affect our creativity.
My quilts celebrate the visual drama that is present in the natural world. I aim to evoke the emotion, awe and wonder I experience when I first encounter my subjects. Often described as bold and sensual, my work employs contrasts of light and shadow to intensify visual impact. Foliage, trees, flowers, and nature's cycles serve as metaphors for my inner world and allow communication and connection with the world through universally-understood themes of personal growth, wonder, self-acceptance, loss and healing, joy, and the cycles of life.