Elsa Sroka

Elsa is a Colorado native from a family of six siblings, all of whom share the love of art and design. Mostly self-taught, Elsa’s work is based on instinct rather than theory. Her inspiration can be selective as when drawn from early childhood memories; particularly hours spent drawing at the kitchen table with her brothers and sisters overseen by their father. Her inspiration can also randomly unfold as she approaches a blank canvas with no preconceived ideas, not knowing where it will end up. Often the subjects of her paintings are secondary to what may emerge from both unintentional marks and intentional smears that ignite a series of chain reactions suggesting a direction and ultimately meaning.

While Elsa paints a variety of subjects, all exude a forward-thinking, contemporary attitude. Her landscapes are mostly color-driven, finding inspiration in many sources including the various landscapes discovered in her travels, elements found in architecture, the imagery of other artists, and her own imagination. After laying down her foundational colors she scrapes away and moves the paint to reveal what is underneath, then applies more layers of paint. It’s not unusual for her to destroy a large portion of the piece in progress, ultimately resurrecting it through layer after layer, creating meaning and form in the process.

In Elsa’s cow series, expression is the most important element; infusing the subject with personality. Emotional connection is necessary before painting can begin. Recently she’s found inspiration in imagining cows in unconventional setting; a conscious departure from the traditional context found in much western art. She believes the ordinary subject becomes significantly more intriguing when misplaced, inviting the viewer to pay attention through the element of surprise. This idea can apply to many different subjects, encouraging appreciation of the more subtle qualities of beauty.

You’ll find her paintings share an intriguing play a genre and technique-many stylistically blurred; skewing reality, leaving the viewer to insert their own interpretation. She is particularly interested in the interplay of different mediums, along with the challenge presented in manipulating traditional methods.

In the end, if Elsa is able to emotionally engage the viewer, she feels her work is complete.

 

Education

· Workshop with Kevin Sloan

· The Art Students League of Denver | Studied with Andrea Kemp, Michael Gadlin, Jane Jones, Michelle Torrez, Karen Roehl, Jeff Wenzel, and Mitch Castor.

· 2013 - Scottsdale Artists School | Oil workshop with David Shevlino

Selected Group Shows

· 2015 -  25th Annual Holiday Miniature Show, Abend Gallery, Denver Co

· 2016 -  Coors National Western Art Exhibit and Sale, Denver, Co

· 2015 - 2-Person Exhibition; Elsa Sroka and Stephanie Hartshorn, Abend Gallery, Denver Co.

· 2015 - Group Exhibition; Landscape, Abend Gallery, Denver Co.

· 2015 - Modern Still Life, Abend Gallery, Denver Co.

· 2015 - 2-Person Exhibition, Elsa Sroka and Angie Renfro, Terzian Galleries, Park City, Utah

· 2015 - Old Traditions/ New Frontiers, Abend Gallery, Denver, Co

· 2015 -  Coors National Western Art Exhibit and Sale, Denver, Co

· 2014 -  Holiday Miniature Show, Abend Gallery, Denver, Co.

· 2014 -  Solo Show, Abend Gallery, Denver Co.

· 2014 -  Art For Life,  Abend Gallery, Denver Co. 

· 2014 -  Anne Neilson Fine Art,  Grand Opening, Charlotte NC

· 2014 -  American Art Invitational,  Saks Galleries, Denver Co.

· 2014 - "Silvery Winter Light", Act 1 Gallery, Taos, New Mexico

· 2014 - " A Glimmer of Truth",  Peggy McGivern and Elsa Sroka, Abend Gallery, Denver, Co.

· 2014 - "Best and Brightest" Juried  Fine Art Show and Sale, Scottsdale Artists School, Arizona

· 2013 - Holiday Miniature Show, Abend Gallery, Denver, Co.

· 2013 - "Small Treasures" Holiday Exhibition, Saks Galleries, Denver Co.

· 2013 - Colorado Plein Air Arts Fest (a juried show),  Denver Public Library

· 2013 -  3 Points of View,  Abend Gallery, Denver, Co.

· 2013 -  Art Students League of Denver, Summer Art Market 

· 2013 - Art and Soul,  Art Students League of Denver,  Co.

· 2013 - Saturday Night Alive, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

· 2013 - Bold New West Show, Abend Gallery, Denver, Co.

· 2012 -  Holiday Miniature Show, Abend Gallery, Denver, Co.

· 2012 - Art for Life, Abend Gallery, Denver, Co.

· 2012 - Art Students League of Denver, Summer Art Market

Awards

· 2013 - "People's Choice Award"   Colorado Plein Air Fest, Denver, Co.  

· 2013 - Fine Art Views BoldBrush Online painting competition (March) 
FAV 15% (Jury's favorite 15%)

· 2012 - FASO Staff Pick, Daily Art Show

Publications

· 2015-   American Art Collector  (November)

· 2015-  Southwest Art Magazine  (November)

· 2015 - Strokes Of Compassion, Anne Neilson

· 2015 - Painted Sky, 106 Artists of the Rocky Mountain West, E. Ashley Rooney

· 2015 - Southwest Art Magazine, Show Preview  (March

· 2015 - American Art Collector Magazine  (February

· 2014 - American Art Collector  (December

· 2014 - Southwest Art Magazine   (December)

· 2014 - Colorado Homes & Lifestyles (June/July)

· 2013 -  Southwest Art Magazine  (May)

· 2013 -  Southwest Art Magazine  (August)

· 2013 -  Southwest Art Magazine  (September)

· 2013 -  Southwest Art Magazine, Artist to Watch  (October)

· 2012 - Southwest Art Magazine, (Abend Gallery Miniature Show, December) 

 

Elsa Sroka's Press Articles