Emily grew up riding horses and playing basketball in the prairies of Canada. She enjoyed making things with her hands but before she seriously considered art, studied Criminology, played basketball in college and for the Canadian National Team. After graduation, she played professionally in Europe and Australia. When she retired from the sport, she moved to New York City and received her formative training in art at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn where she earned a BFA in painting. Following graduation, she relocated to California and attained her MFA and a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. She now splits her time between San Diego and Los Angeles, where she maintains a studio at The Brewery Artist Lofts.  Her paintings and assemblages have been shown in Chicago, Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, Mexico and Canada and are owned by institutions such as San Diego State University and purchased by collectors as far away as Shanghai. 


       Emily Elisa puts people at ease with her disarming smile, quick wit and sense of humor. She has fulfilled her dream of visiting all seven continents.       


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