Elaine Watts is a watercolourist and printmaker who is a dual citizen of Australia and Canada. She spends the summer in both places, in an attempt to capture only one snow scene a year for her annual calendar. Although the effects of light on snow are beautiful, she prefers landscapes which include light and reflections on water, as well as the movement of surf onto sand, and the majesty of mountains and skies. She is never far from the beauty of nature and wide open spaces in either country. Her studio in the Trout Creek area just south of Summerland, in BC's Okanagan Valley, will bring her closer to country living and the natural cycles of life in one of the bread-baskets (and wine centres) of Canada.
Watercolour landscapes are her main love although she is also working with ink and colour, and with printmaking in the form of collograph and etching, expanding to portraits, figures, still lifes and interiors, and other images and words. She loves beautiful things that are also functional—to date these include calendars, cards, note & sketch books, fridge magnets & lists, pottery, and bags. Through her work she intends to inspire fun & magic for creative beings of every size and shape.
Elaine has exhibited in Melbourne and Sydney as well as exhibiting regularly in Canada. One of her miniature prints was accepted into the Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibiton travelling in Western Canada in 2014/15 (BIMPE VIII), and another into an open international show at the FCA Gallery 8n Vancouver (2019). In 2007 her watercolour painting "Belcarra Bronze" won the people’s top vote at the Port Moody Art Centre and was made into a wine label for Domaine de Chaberton winery. She has paintings in private collections in Canada, Australia, the U.S. and Europe.