Great West Life Mezzanine Exhibition
Elyse lives by the philosophy of “less is more”. There is beauty in simplicity. This ideal has naturally drawn her to both watercolour art and Haiku poetry. Since childhood, Elyse has been influenced by Japanese culture and arts. In this exhibit, Elyse explores the harmony of expression between images and words, by pairing each original painting with her own poetry. Along with nature, which is the subject of traditional Haiku, Elyse’s poems and paintings also explore contemporary social themes.
Oftentimes, in her creative process, Elyse reduces the number of design elements and techniques by surrendering to the natural characteristics of the medium; allowing water and pigments to merge, and organic shapes to develop naturally. Some of these shapes are created by tearing her painted paper and incorporating them into her compositions through collage. In these works, her predominant use of the colour blue (and its complement of orange), is a calming influence, while the simple structure of the accompanying Haiku – 3 lines of 5/7/5 syllables – renders a complex idea to its essential meaning.
Elyse loves the beauty and harmony in all of creation. She paints subjects and scenes that evoke feelings of joy and wonder. Her artist signature is Elysee, meaning “that which is imbued with bliss”.
Elyse Selig grew up in the Edmonton area and has traveled extensively through North America, Europe and Asia. Elyse lives and works as an artist in Kelowna, and Vernon, BC.