Elissa Gore is inspired by the Hudson River School ethos of painting, an idealized portrayal of nature. Surrounding the viewer with atmosphere that reflects a transcendental idea of the sublime, Gore’s ultimate aim is to remind us of the importance and necessity of protecting America's natural beauty. Originally from Philadelphia, Elissa Gore now lives in New York City. She studied at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Art. Her work is often shown nationally and is included in over 60 public collections. She taught college fine art for 20 years and currently teaches landscape painting at the New York Botanical Garden.
THE ARTIST'S STATEMENT
Forty years ago I decided I wanted to make art about nature. First, I made sculptures and drawings of human anatomy and plants. But soon I discovered the feeling I wanted to express in art was communicated best in paintings of the landscape. I try to surround the viewer with atmosphere or a panoramic view, that reflects a transcendent moment I feel. I respond especially to places that include air, earth and water.