Artist Statement/Bio

24" x 30" Mixed Media: Canvas

Elasah Schaff-Smith is an artist who works in variety of mediums.  Her journey began in her adolescent years, growing up in the Chicago area.  Influenced by the waters of Lake Michigan, the culturally rich city of Chicago and the Impressionist’s collection at the Art Institute, all influenced artistic inspirations.

Her early passion for the arts exposed her to not only painting and sculpture, also, music, dance, photography, and 8mm film-making.  Elasah attend the California Institute of the Arts, studying Environmental Design, Graphic Art and Costume Design.  When living in Hawaii, she started a fashion business with hand painted fabrics, influenced by the lush beauty of the tropics and an Eastern way of thinking. 

“My eclectic background is readily apparent in my art, speaking about the exploration of worlds familiar and imagined; the inner self, experiencing life through our environment. I like to create works that are alive with color and movement, with hints of a sound scape, transforming somber darkness to dancing light.”  Elasah’s art draws upon a wide range of influences, integrating a variety of creative modalities and energy throughout her textual abstract works.

She holds a B.S. degree and Creative Arts & Health certificate from The New School, NY, studied multi-disciplinary arts at the California Institute of the Arts.  As an artist and teaching artist, she has coordinated programs in Fine Art and Design, in New York, Chicago, Michigan and Hawaii, for children through adults.  Recently, she was a Learning Through Art volunteer with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and continues to participate in the Met Escapes program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  In New York, she has exhibited at The Lam Foundation, The Russian Consulate, Manhattanville College, The Silvermine Art Center, CT, Miller Gallery, NY,  Billy Hork, Chicago and H. Allen Holmes, Jupiter, FL.  Her artwork is currently represented by Sandra Morgan Gallery in Greenwich, CT. and can be found in private as well as public collections throughout the country.