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Élan received her BFA in visual design from the University of Oregon in 1995 via a circuitous route that included studies at The Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR, Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and The University of New Mexico.
As a painter, the exploration, the meditative process, or flow, and the visceral nature of visual language remain at the core of her creative process. The question “what if…?.” is always the first step. Her imagery incorporates the natural world around her with an elemental or atomspheric approach. Her most current paintings present colliding layers of colors and textures that hint at landscape or micro/macro worlds existing simultaneously in a positive/negative relationship to each other.
Élan was awarded the Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship and The Haines Foundation Friends Artist Grant.
She lives in Ashland, OR where she works alongside Judy Howard at Hanson Howard Gallery and in her backyard studio.