About the Artist

Thank you for visiting!

Through my art (as I refer to as expressions of life), I strive provide a sense of peaceful beauty and calm for the viewer.  In this fast-paced and sometimes disturbing world we live in, it's important to make time to "stop and smell the roses".  You will experience that with my art, hopefully.

To that end, I have enjoyed recently focusing on expressing all things nature.  Must say, I selfishly enjoy rendering beautiful subjects such as flowers, wildlife and landscapes for the very reason of looking at something so beautiful while I work.  

I enjoy creating in mostly colored pencil, watercolor pencils and brush pens in the style of realism.  I do enjoy other mediums as well - oil, oil pastels and graphite. 

Many of my earlier pieces were rendered in oil and inspired by the summers I spent in the Finger Lakes and Thousand Islands Regions of New York State.  The religious and holiday pieces are rooted in my faith and imagination.  

The work of two of my favorite master artists, Jan Vermeer and William Bouguereau, led me to reproduce two of their works - "Girl with The Pearl Earring" and "Story Book" respectively.  

As a young girl, I realized I was artistic and loved to draw. After graduating from the University of Rochester, I enjoyed a career in human services while managing to keep my hand in art occasionally.

Then, while staying home to raise my family, I was able to develop my artistic skills through a combination of classes, mentoring from regional artists and self-teaching. 

Subsequently, I participated in shows (solo and group), won several awards and began self-publishing to make prints of my work available.  

Today, I enjoy being able to devote full time to my art career.  I am delighted to accept commissions - pet portraits or other subjects.  

Beginning in 2019, I also now enjoy writing for my art blog - yourartbox.com. My objective is to provide artists (particularly those just starting out) with useful information on techniques, products, reviews, motivation and inspiration to help in creating their art.  

Lastly, near and dear to me is my art instruction business (since 2011).  I provide classes and workshops called "Expressions of Life" at retirement facilities, libraries, and senior centers in my area.  

Whether you enjoy creating art yourself or enjoy viewing and collecting fine art, it is indeed extremely rewarding and gratifying to help others experience the joy of art!

Thanks again for visiting,


All art images copyright © 2012 Elaine Rittler Fine Art. All Rights Reserved

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