Alaskan Artist - Elise Tomlinson
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I've been getting a lot of spam so if you send me your comment to elise.tomlinson "at" (put Elise Guestbook in the subject field) I'll manually add your comment to the guestbook;

if you prefer you can alway leave your comment in my blog

But please, either way, let me know what you think! I'd absolutely love hearing from you!

Thanks , for a great site and your openess w/ alaska ,, i envy you ,,

Louisiana , - Thursday, August 09, 2007 at 21:40:21 (MDT)
While researching a possible move to Alaska, I found your "Life in Alaska" page. Thank you for providing a wealth of information. Next I read your 100 Things... page. I actually cut/pasted several of them because you sound eerily similar to myself. DOB: 1/15/68 so also a Capricorn, no longer believe in God, like being alone, etc. Email me back if you like, new friends are always a good thing. T.
Tammie <>
Reno, NV, - Thursday, August 09, 2007 at 20:14:50 (MDT)
Thanks for taking the time to tell us so much about Alaska. At first I thought you were an older lady, living with her close to retirement husband. Specially when you say you do not date. But I continue to read all your info and when I got to your photos, well, I was surprised. You mentioned having lived in several other cities much warmer than Alaska, how long did it take you to adjust? Are you a full time artist? Do you still travel a lot? How's the culture in your city? Did you make friends easily? I think your adventure is great, I am considering it. Thanks for your time.
Denorma <>
Phoenix, - Saturday, July 28, 2007 at 13:16:19 (MDT)
I ran into your website totally by accident. I'm quite glad I did. Love your paintings, truly love your pictures. I grew up in the Bronx, NY (maybe I'll send you a picture). My dad was a merchant marine and had awesome slides of alaska. I have always been drawn there. I love nature, fresh air, wildlife in my back yard. Florida is getting crowded, tons of traffic, wildlife is disappearing. Hope to visit Alaska soon.
Kathy M <>
Spring Hill, Fl, - Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at 06:09:44 (MDT)
Sorry...I had to return to also mention that the photographic shots on your site were VERY feeling and, in fact, make me decide to take a flight to Juneau to explore relocating there (or elsewhere) in Alaska. Lastly, I can tell that your heart and soul went into designing your website. I'm not a computer techie but if you can delete the 'unwanted' spam solicitations from appearing on this page, it would make the experience of viewing your website just 'perfect'. Thank you for convincing me about Alaska. Ciao!
Ken Rairden <>
Vallejo, California, - Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 07:41:29 (MDT)
love your'e stuff. im oil painter also. and im in slump. nice to read about s.o. eleses painting thoughts. Thank you.
Terry Lynn Spry
southwest flordia, - Thursday, July 05, 2007 at 21:27:12 (MDT)
You rock!
Me (Secret Admirer)
Douglas, - Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 12:11:12 (MDT)
thank you so much for your site. I was born in alaska and left when I was 3 so... now memories. I always have wanted to go to alaska and your insights have meant so much to me . I can kinda get the feel for what it is like. someday I will go to your wonderful place. thanks again!
pamela haggerty <>
florida, - Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 17:30:08 (MDT)
G'day, Wanted to say that Alaska is the best damn place on earth, love it! Been there twice, and am sooo hanging out to go back. Nice website :) Kenneth
Kenneth <>
Perth, - Friday, June 22, 2007 at 09:03:00 (MDT)
Hi Elise, not sure as to what is more beautiful. The pictures you have taken, the pictures you have drawn or better still, the image of a piece of heaven you have described. having lived for a while in New Zealand, I get a rough inkling of what Alaska might look like. Great work. Err.. Colombo is a balmy 34 Degrees Celsius at the moment. :))
Lasitha <>
Colombo Sri Lanka, - Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 03:04:34 (MDT)
Wow! I stumbled across your website today and I just wanted to let you know how inviting and warm your paintings are. They are just amazing! I am in love with the second painting on your In Progress Gallery. When I have a few spare moments I like to paint and I have to say you have inspired me to get out the paints again. Feel free to email me. I would like to share some of my paintings with you. Have a wonderful day. Holly
Holly Andrews <>
Sydney, Australia, - Monday, June 11, 2007 at 06:47:01 (MDT)
I was looking up O'Neill, Nebraska and your site popped up. We are the opposite of you, lived in Nebraska (GI) and are now moving back to where you were from after living away the last 9 years. We may need to get a painting from you for my new orthopedic office.
Bart and Shannon <>
O'Neill, Ne, - Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 11:57:17 (MDT)
You are a very talented woman. Thanks for sharing your work and your life in Alaska.
James Peach
Memphis, - Friday, June 08, 2007 at 11:34:51 (MDT)
Absolutely love your work!!!
Mariana Osbourn <>
In the bush - Zululand South Africa, - Tuesday, June 05, 2007 at 23:51:43 (MDT)
Oh Elise- I have been reading your blog- I feel like a peeping Tom! When can we all get together for dinner-we are putting in new floors this week- maybe the last week in May? You guys are welcome to pop in any time. see you later- Tasha & Lincoln
Tasha in Juneau <>
down the street from you!, - Friday, May 11, 2007 at 17:48:57 (MDT)
i really like the style in a lot of your work. very original. I'm on the other side of the globe, but thought i'd drop a line. feel free to check out my site if you like.
Travis J. Maynard <>
Lantana, FL, - Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 08:06:28 (MDT)
Hello Elise, Your site is great. Regards, Valintino Guxxi
Valintino <>
- Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 16:46:59 (MDT)
Hello. I am a student from the University of Southern Maine and plan on graduating next May with a BFA of studio art with a concentration in painting. After I graduate I would really like to move to Alaska for a number of months to paint. So, I have been researching artists already living in Alaska with interesting work in hopes of just dicussing your own work and Alaska's influence on it. If you have time, send me a line. Until then I will read up on your blogs- they have been great so far. Best, Brianna.
Brianna Allen <>
Portland, Maine, - Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 19:50:52 (MDT)
Thanks so much for your info on Alaska! Very thorough and interesting. I'd love to get away from our snowy cloudy cold winters, so we won't be moving there anytime soon, but if global warming really sets in, maybe we'll change our minds! Great art - love the colors!
Cindy <>
Mexico, NY, - Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 06:58:08 (MDT)
I was looking for tips on moving to Alaska as a British citizen and stumbled across your beautiful site. I am originally from Australia and my beautiful sister Gil is an artist. Looking at your art I think it would be great to put you together. Here's Gil's link . Enjoy and please keep up the beautiful brilliant work. I hope to move to Alaska if I can get the right job/ visa etc. Not easy. Cheers ma dear Ange
Ange <>
London, - Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 14:41:19 (MDT)
i am considering moving to alaska within the next year or so and the juneau area is a possibility. are there areas outside of the city where rent is significantly cheaper, and can you drive to and from these areas? also how close is juneau to the ocean? thank you and i think your paintings are great. mike adams
mike <>
syracuse, ny - Monday, April 16, 2007 at 08:30:09 (MDT)
Hey Elise, just stumbled onto your site. Good to see you still working. My thesis show is next week, but I'll be hanging out in PA for a while after. Juneau looks great, lots of fond memories there. Well, back to work, drop me a line, Don.
Don Swartz <>
State College, PA, - Sunday, April 15, 2007 at 11:32:11 (MDT)
I was wondering how the schools in Alaska are like if you know anyone with teens in schools, can you please ask them. I am planningon moving to Alaska and i have 2 teens in high school.
New Jersey, - Thursday, April 05, 2007 at 18:56:02 (MDT)
I loved your site! Great FAQ's. I have a question for you, I heard college is free there is that true?
Emily <>
Idaho, - Friday, March 30, 2007 at 17:22:39 (MDT)
I like your work and the pictures are very specials. All web is very complet. My work like artis go very slow and now work in my blog, I hope that you visit me and say me something. Un saludo :) Maria José
I´m digital artist and my job is be teacher of history... <>
In Almería , (Andalucía ) in SPAIN, - Monday, March 26, 2007 at 13:44:32 (MDT)
I have enjoyed your website very much. I set one of your wallpapers as my background. Very nice. I'm sure you've heard this a thousand times but I have always dreamed of living in Alaska. I'm a 56 year old woman, single. I have a medical transcription business that is pretty lucrative and it's something I can do from anywhere. Two questions for you if you don't mind. How often do the phone lines go down because of weather? I need phone lines to receive and submit my transcription. And also what kind of availability is there for small houses? I would definitely prefer a small home to an apartment. Thank you again for all of your good information. The weather doesn't scare me as much since I already live in Washington State though it doesn't get as cold here it sure does rain....Quita
Marquita Cravens <>
Lake Stevens, WA USA - Monday, March 26, 2007 at 01:14:01 (MDT)
My husbadn and i were thinking about moving to alaska and then my sister was like alaska is melting as a whole you global this true?
Desiree <>
arkansas, - Saturday, March 24, 2007 at 18:00:50 (MDT)
I am thinking that your creative views are very different than your surroundings. I think you have the best of different ways to enjoy life..Also back in 1976 in the army in Germany I served with a Sergent Tomlinson and I believe he also was from the part of the country where you were born. any chance he is related? He had returned from over seas to Europe and I remember he was a man I looked up to...I Had the fortune of being able to spend time around the Anchorage area and surrounding areas 2 years ago... wow it is with out a doubt the paridise I also would choose to set my mind to creativity , thanks for sharing.
Everett <>
Anacortes, Washington, - Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 23:37:40 (MDT)
I emailed you from my wonderful Art teachers computer. I am now giving you my own personal email address. You can view my work on
Niclole Moss <>
Alexandria Virginia, - Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 12:31:38 (MDT)
Your Art is very inspirational, to have achieved your own site and paint for a living is awsome. I am a student in the ninth grade and Art is the air I breath. I havae faced many personal obsticles at a very young age and my constant is Art. Art grounds me and keeps me sane. I would like to paint for a living, my Art teachers along the way all think its inevitible. Any advice?
Nicole Moss <>
Alexandria Virginia, - Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 12:21:52 (MDT)

You have a very interesting website. Thank you for providing such concrete views of your beautiful home of Alaska. My family and I will be visiting friends in Anchorage next year and I'm gathering information. I'm very interested in your views and appreciate your website. Your art work is quite lovely and engaging. Wishing you well, Ray
Ray <>
New Jersey, - Saturday, March 17, 2007 at 11:37:45 (MDT)

Hi Elise, Long time no talk! How are you? Are you in Washington or did you decide to stay in Alaska? All great here. Now pushing to get RIDING THE WIND published as book first; then more clout and bucks for the movie! Hey, I just finished a Novella about a kayak trip through wild Alaska. Would you be interested in illustrating it? I'm self publishing so I can sell it continually on the cruise ships in summer. Now looking for an artist and immediately thought of you! Can you do woodcuts or tight black and white drawings? I can send you the short novel manuscript and entirely up to you on what scenes you want to artfully convey. Whatever strikes your fancy! Will pay you a couple grand... Would need finished art by say, mid to end of May. Will be on the "Golden Princess" this summer -- every Monday in Juneau. First time there, May 7th. If you want to do the art for NORTH THROUGH PARADISE, (after reading the text), will then put ya in touch with the printer to see what format they want the art in. Please let me know soon. Would be an honor and tons of fun to collaborate on a book together!! All Best, Michael Modzelewski
Michael Modzelewski <>
3rd Rock from the Sun, - Friday, March 16, 2007 at 13:49:41 (MDT)
I am thinking of moving to Alaska to become a state trooper. I just wanted to thank you, your site was very helpful.
Aaron <>
Clearfield,Pa, - Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at 13:44:54 (MDT)

i was just looking at your pic/love your work an just wanted to let ya know that-btw soooo lucky to live in that state ;]
marshall k tomlinson jr <>
texas, - Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 17:00:14 (MST)

I love your work. I have been painting again after a decades long lapse. I love it, more than ever. More than pretty, I like expressive, and courageous. I admire you expression..... I will try to watch for more of your work. I love my own work, though, I have no idea if anyone else would..........but it is like my cat, I don't care if anyone else would think she is beautiful or wonderful.........Thank you Elise,Jane LaLone
Jane LaLone <>
Poughkeepsie, NY, - Saturday, February 10, 2007 at 17:59:54 (MST)
Well I dont have much in the way of cats vs boy friends. Dander is dander and theres not much you can do. He might do well with some homeopathics remedies that will keep his allergic rx down. I dont know what you have avaliable there.
Michael Svea <>
Minnesota, - Tuesday, February 06, 2007 at 20:18:33 (MST)
Frustrated with the grind of life, I have punched in a search called, "Alaska,remote living," and in it, I found your site. I am a lifelong Washington resident having grown up on Puget Sound where my parents still reside. The closest corner of their house, my childhood bedroom, was about five feet from the seawall bulkhead. I remember going out in my boat almost every day after school with my dog, Goldie, a female golden retriever. Anyway, I've carried this lifelong desire to visit Alaska and there are times where I go to sleep with a vision of some homestead I've created where I can boat to civilization (when I need or want to) otherwise, live with the land and sea. I know there is a little romanticizing involved, but I seem to always return to it especially when the ratrace of life closes in. I'll enjoy reading your writings.

Tommie <>
Poulsbo, Washington, - Sunday, February 04, 2007 at 03:42:12 (MST)
Elise: Out of fun I googled my name and saw this. Too bad I had to encounter my defects. I read the comment and it just shows how selfish I must have been to hurt your feelings. Not sure what I said - the pain you experienced is a sad result of my selfishness. Please accept my long overdue but no less sincere apology for hurting you. Congratulations on the career and your images are wonderful. Good luck, Will
Will Berigan
- Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 21:17:02 (MST)
I just wanted to say "Thanks!" for your site and all the info on your experience in Alaska. My wife and I (and 4 kids) are considering relocating to Alaska. My wife is from BC so we have a basic idea of what we'd be getting into, weather wise. The logistics of moving a large household are a bit daunting, though! I have a lead on a good job in Anchorage, but Juneau seems to "speak" to me more. Any additional opinions you have on the contrast between the two areas would be much appreciated! Thanks again, Dan
Dan Hall <>
Northern California, - Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 10:53:34 (MST)
I love your webesite. I am considering moving to Alaska. I am 55 and I am a breast cancer survivor. I have always loved and longed for the wilderness. My visits to Alaska two times in 2005 made me seriously consider a lire there. I loved it so much. I sincerely enjoyed your website and your art. Best regards, Patty
Patty Spinks <>
Marin County California, - Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 22:04:24 (MST)
Hi Elise, Great site. I have never been to Alaska, but daydream about it all the time. I'm a very independent and self reliant person. I'm an adjunct professor at St. Gregory's University and University of Phoenix in Tulsa, OK. I'm also an Executive Career Advisor at JL Kirk Associates in Tulsa. On the weekends I'm a skydiving instructor, and I performed for 10 years as a professional magician...(all these things have the same theme...really!) I love backpacking, too. In fact, I take others along to show them how to do it. Is it hard to find a job in Alaska?
Gary Sheely <>
Sapulpa, OK, - Saturday, January 13, 2007 at 07:24:55 (MST)
Your art is really expressive. I came across your website while trying to find out why Pat Costello's website is permanently down. I used to live on Douglas, and miss AK so much. If you could email me and let me know what happened, I would appreciate it.
Em <>
Grass Valley, CA, - Friday, January 12, 2007 at 17:27:51 (MST)
Your art is beautiful. If I hadn't spent my entire pfd on books and cigarettes I would commission a piece, but there's always next year. :)
Phoebe Kersula <>
Fairbanks, AK, - Friday, January 12, 2007 at 09:19:14 (MST)
Hi Elise, I found your website from the Golden Paints website. I really like your work and was excited to learn that you work in a library, in rural Alaska, and are an artist. I live in Barrow and am an artist, and I worked at the Tuzzy Library here as a copy cataloger for 5 years. I had to switch jobs when I had my daughter 9 months ago, due to evening and weekend shifts being inconvenient. Anyway, I miss working in a library, it's so nice to be around books. I can relate to your recent post about working on the commission and having doubts etc, I am working on a commission now, a small children's book, and I keep restarting and changing things and starting again...and just want it to be over so I can work on my own stuff...also having a baby and a full time job makes it hard to get in 'the zone'... but anyway, glad to have found your website and blog! Keep on paintin'
Annie <>
Barrow, Alaska, - Sunday, January 07, 2007 at 01:36:55 (MST)

By accident I came upon your site. I was casually looking at pictures of SNOWZILLA when your blog popped up. I'm an artist as well living in a industrial, gray, and somewhat depressing area of Brooklyn, trying to make ends meet while fighting the good fight. I love your landscapes. And I don't say that lightly as alot of landscape painting is never able to tip my scales into adulation. But i do think yours are rich with movement and texture and a kind of animated rhythm. I work as an art handler at MoMA, and do freelance mostly in Manhattan galleries and Museums. But your Alaskan digs seem awe inspiring. I try to get out of the city every chance i get because i grew up in the midwest and was always partial to meandering hikes into uncharted territories. I envy you. having it all at your back door. Keep up the good work. Ever get to New York? Well if you do, drop me a line. My name is Bill Driscoll. I also play guitar in an indi-rock band and i think we have a myspace page - but I havn't checked it lately. We're called: MOSS EMPIRE Good luck to you.
bill <>
Brooklyn, NY, - Saturday, January 06, 2007 at 10:20:04 (MST)
Well it is very near my bedtime so I don't have the patience to wade through all the latest developements. Did you decide on Centralia or no? I can relate to the indecision very much a central theme in my life.Eh I'm too tired I'll have to return to read all the comments. I hope any surly off-handed comment about Centralia you may have read were not seriously weighted. Paul

Paul Peters <>
Portland ,Or., - Tuesday, January 02, 2007 at 23:41:54 (MST)
Thank you for not only sharing your artwork but for putting so much helpful information about moving to Alaska on your site. The majority of the books I've read and the sites that looked good enough to visit seem to be on visiting and tourist stuff. Thanks again and I will be visiting from your site again!
Friends call me Fish
For now, Iraq. Originally Minnesota, - Monday, January 01, 2007 at 08:27:10 (MST)
Hey, I just came across your blog and read quite a bit. My husband is graduating in May and we are seriously considering Alaska. Your question/answer page was really helpful. Thanks a lot. I also love looking at your pictures. You are very talented.
Mandy <>
Wyoming, - Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at 22:06:48 (MST)
I have been interested in being an undraped male model to become art. I work for an airline and can fly free if you would be interested in using me as a model. I am 39, fit, 5'10" 200 lbs, blonde and blue.
Patrick Ettel <>
Atlanta, - Tuesday, December 26, 2006 at 22:18:44 (MST)
Greetings from Nebraska -- we're considering move to Alaska -- I'm a shrink, my spouse has a degree in English and owns a bicycle shop -- don't suppose there's much bicycling in Juneau then? Two small kids too. Where ya from in Nebraska? I knew some Tomlinsons from Crete but it's not exactly a rare name. Merry Xmas or Merry Whatever! Haven't gotten into all your artwork yet but I like what I see so far.
Carol Thurman
Nebraska City, - Sunday, December 24, 2006 at 13:07:08 (MST)
Also, I'm sad that you've decided not to move down here after all. It's a great place to live.
Seattle, Washington, - Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at 12:32:00 (MST)
I don't post in your blog but I've been reading it for over a year now. I miss that you aren't posting as often but understand you have a new love (damn, I guess I missed my shot!). :) Please don't stop painting though because you have too much talent to let it go to waste! Merry Christmas
Seattle, - Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at 12:13:06 (MST)
wow i feel so at peace by your musings!
jodi <>
shiloh Illinoisi, - Thursday, December 07, 2006 at 11:37:57 (MST)
I just wanted to let you know that you're work is so moving. I grew up in alaska and just recently moved to Vancouver to do acting here. I miss my home so much and you're pictures are so refreshing. Thank you!
Erin Patrick <>
Vancouver, BC, - Sunday, December 03, 2006 at 21:18:03 (MST)
Hi. I just came across your blog. I'm sure you get TONS of emails from people dreaming of Alaska and I am one of them. I live in the Rockies in a little mountain town. I like it here but would very much like to come visit and check it out. I,too am from Nebraska. I grew up in the Morrill/Mitchell area. How about you? Your artwork is beautiful. Have a good one. Billie Kay
Billie Kay <>
Centennial,Wyoming, - Friday, December 01, 2006 at 10:49:37 (MST)
Hi, I have just started a free to use forum for artists. Already we are getting members and some interesting posts. But these are very early days. The community will become a useful resource for any artist as it grows. Please take a look. Join and take part in the discussions if you want. many thanks, Bruce
Bruce <>
UK, - Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at 01:27:13 (MST)
Just lush and beautiful...the art, the blog and the wonderful 100 things about you. Email me sometime.
Sean Woodburn <>
Bend Oregon, - Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at 00:43:04 (MST)
Elise, I love your paintings. I have been playing on the computer co I'm always looking up different art sites and I came across your blogg and I am so glad I did. I work with metal and textiles. I enjoued reading the description of the worl outside your window. Cool! Its so hot here at the moment and summer hasn't even started yet. Looking at another stinking hot Christmas coming our way. Love to hear from you. Cheers! Jo
Josephine <>
Australia, - Monday, November 27, 2006 at 05:28:44 (MST)
Love your work. You look (your features) are similar to our branch of the Tomlinson tree. All the best to you and may you create many many more beautiful works of art.
Ross Tomlinson <>
Oakville Ontario, - Tuesday, November 21, 2006 at 12:12:54 (MST)
Loved your info on Juneau, my husband and I are thinking of moving there. Would like to find out a little more info before we make the big move. If you could help me out that would be great, loved the pictures of the first snow storm :)
Lynn <>
PA, - Friday, November 17, 2006 at 07:43:37 (MST)
Nice to hear from you!
Gr. & Gr.
- Monday, November 13, 2006 at 19:42:15 (MST)
I have to say i love your paintings, and photos, you live in a very beautiful place. Mary
Mary <>
New Jersey, - Wednesday, November 01, 2006 at 09:18:13 (MST)
your website has been so helpful. we are just starting out, i am the business part of the artist/business partnership in our home. and i was very clueless. you have helped me out tremendously. thanks. laura
laura <>
florida, - Friday, October 27, 2006 at 21:47:21 (MDT)
Hey Elise, This is my first time visiting this site and I found it very informational as a whole. I am so delighted in finding your website! Thank you!!!
Bushku <>
New York, - Thursday, October 12, 2006 at 23:05:32 (MDT)

Just wanted to invite you to have a look at my new site design. I have decided to put the photography front and center this time around. Let me know what you think. I still have some inactive links (I know, I know), but overall everything is working.

Patrick McGonegal <>
Juneau, - Tuesday, October 03, 2006 at 20:25:52 (MDT)
Now I made Hans, my husband, check out your site. Alaska's at the top of his list of the 1000 places he wants to see, and now I'm sure he's scheming even harder about how to divert $ from the girls' college thanks a lot, Elise. Thanks a lot. :-) He also loves your landscape paintings. Give my best to Jenni and Kelly, by the way. In retrospect, I should've gone to Pub and hung out with the likes of them. If you love color, maybe you should paint Bea's kids, by the way--some of the most colorful kids around!
Monica Gallagher <>
MN, - Sunday, October 01, 2006 at 21:29:18 (MDT)
Checked out your site upon Bea's recommendation. Gorgeous stuff! You're obviously so alive! I've been meaning to write more seriously for about 20 years now...really admire the way you live your art. My in-laws just took a trip to Alaska, but didn't get off the cruise ship. Boy, did they miss the boat, or WHAT?
Monica Gallagher (pesky little sister) <>
North St. Paul, MN, - Saturday, September 30, 2006 at 18:56:37 (MDT)
Another question about relocating to AK: You mention that despite the general lack of charm in Anchorage, there are some neighborhoods with character. Could you name/describe a few (including geographical locations) - or point me to a link that might do so? We're considering relocating, and when we look at real estate sites, it's really tough to know what the neighborhood's like. In general, we prefer to be near trails, and near town,as opposed to being out in a "suburban" atmosphere. Thanks!
Ally Strom
Washington, DC, - Tuesday, September 26, 2006 at 14:45:04 (MDT)
I just graduate from university of north texas with a BFA in Sculpture and I've had to go home to adjust to the next step. To get to my point I have been lost as to what to do next, but a friend mentioned he might move to Alaska. I had this sudden grip of diresction in my gut, that I haven't been able to let go of. But how, where and when could I make a move to the "highest point"? Then I ended on your page and we have a similar name, similar situation, and a similar taste in art- color and figures. Too much to pass up sending a note to you. I guess I was just hoping you might have some suggestions on how to get a quite little studio and a job that would pay enough to survive in Alaska. I've enjoyed viewing your site and hope you have a a good start to the next chapter of your life.
Aliece <>
Texas, - Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at 22:44:28 (MDT)
Hi Elise Thanks for the comments on living in Juneau. I currently have a job offer at ACS there and am thinking seriously about relocating. I saw that you're relocating to Centralia, I worked there for the telephone company as well (competitive company based out of Eatonville). If you need notes on Centralia, let me know! (PS, if you like antiques, you're in a good place!) Best Regards, Dennis
Dennis Townsend <>
Tacoma, - Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 08:38:06 (MDT)
Hi Elise, Have enjoyed your website and your art for awhile now, am sad to hear your moving but Wa is beautiful and I wish you luck with your move and new and fantastic paintings for your future.Please keep up your website. From one artist (watercolorist) to another, your artwork keeps me motivated. Don't stop. Take care and again good luck with the move. Maryann. By the way, what's a cheehchako? :0)
High Sierras of California, - Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 20:43:17 (MDT)
I have to say, I've very much enjoyed reading your Alaska commentary, Elise. And congratulations on your new position at Centralia! I'm consiering a move to the Anchorage area and am having a difficult time finding a site with any sort of "dedication" to the pros and cons of life in Alaska. I, also, hail from the Midwest (Minnesota) and fell in love with AK on my first of two visits there this summer. I'd like to add, your artwork is breathtaking! Warm regards, Lisa
Lisa <>
Seattle, - Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 12:31:39 (MDT)
Hi Elise, I was just Googling Alaska (happen to be a fan of wilderness as well) and came across a link to your site. Your website caught and sustained my interest, which is a difficult thing to do. I am a printmaker and painter as well, currently trying to get into grad school. From what I've seen and read on your site I deduce that you are a bright and spirited pioneer, and frankly I think people like you are few and far between. I am moved by your candid and humorous self-awareness, and truly appreciate your honesty. Just wanted to wish you good luck with anything you set out to do, I bet you'll bring life and color to the people and places you meet! ---Caitlin
Caitlin Cali <>
Cape Cod, Massachusetts, - Friday, September 08, 2006 at 18:43:08 (MDT)
Hello, you just presented in my English class. Your art is WONDERFUL!!! I LOVE "Fire and Ice" are prints available??? Cool thanks for showing the blogs. Kimberly Naylor.
Kimberly Naylor <>
Juneau, AK - Friday, September 08, 2006 at 16:33:52 (MDT)
i am so excited about gessoboard I actually think it is more forgiving than canvas. But I am new to painting... have done it intermittently over my lifetime but this time I'm buckling down to solve some of my recurring problems: weak drawing skills and irregular painting habits...anyway, i am so excited by how much more I enjoy the smooth gesso board vs. the canvas...right now I hate canvases and I think that is a good sign that I have a strong preference like that... it's nice to hear from an artist who is sharing her process, thanks for your honest accessible blog. your painting is vibrant and relaxing to look at...that woman looks so warm, and did you say you live in alaska and are already shoveling snow... I see why you might be painting this subject matter...
claire <>
north carolina, - Friday, September 01, 2006 at 21:55:27 (MDT)
Some day soon...I shall sail up and paint your heart...for the source of the northern lights radiates from it. devohn
Devohn <>
Near Houston, - Thursday, August 31, 2006 at 04:07:42 (MDT)
Elise -- Love your paintings, website, blog, and apparent attitude. Good luck in your new job.
Tagish, Yukon, - Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at 13:04:56 (MDT)
I really appreciate your site. I have a friend who is interested in moving over there. She found your site helpful. One quick question though... do you really need a car to live there in ALaska? Thank you!
Rose <>
New York, - Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 12:32:13 (MDT)
Hello, I love your website, it is very helpful. My husband and I are thinking of moving to Alaska? After reading your website we are really looking at Juneau. Do you know what stores are there? Like malls, clothing stores, craft shops, wine and beer making supply stores, and supermarkets? I love to shop and was wondering about the difference in stores? If you don t have time to respond it is OK. I just like your advice given on you website, and it is nice to talk to someone who actually lives there. We are tired of the poor customer service, rude rushed people here, and the car traffic in general. I do like the shopping conveniences though. We are from Wilmington, Delaware. We just came back from a cruise in Alaska. We loved the look of Juneau and Ketchikan! P.S. Your artwork is beautiful!!! Stacie Estevez
Stacie Estevez <>
Wilmington, Delaware, - Friday, August 11, 2006 at 10:03:34 (MDT)
You seem to really have a great set up, your art, being in alaska and having a job you like. I really love your painting and photographs and hearing about your adventures.
Joel Reed
Salem MA, - Monday, July 31, 2006 at 20:20:45 (MDT)
I discovered your site before I came to Juneau last summer. I was back recently and it looks likes I will be moving there. I think we probably have run into each other around town but I don't think introduced. You know how Juneau is, you see faces that you know you have seen before.... I'll be around on the art walks later this summer and pedaling around Juneau. Love your art! Hmm thats about it for now I guess.
Robert Bowles <>
All over but probably Juneau soon, - Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 23:18:34 (MDT)
I have to say to you just "thank you". Few months ago, goin up and down on the net I met your Tea in the was like a kikc in my stomic. I went home , once entered in my house I saw all the whyte wall. Now the whyte disappered . Everything turned to color , something like the ones you used for your paint. So......thank you Elise....thank you for this gift. Lorenzo
Lorenzo Orru' <>
Rome -Italy, - Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at 01:47:08 (MDT)
Hey there, I love some of your in progress...I NEED to a painting of yours for sure! I hope you are doing well...tons 'o midwest love!
cooper <>
- Thursday, July 06, 2006 at 17:51:35 (MDT)
Come visit me!!!! Love your site, love your paintings, don't love the spam but it's worth it to leave you this message! COME VISIT ME!! Ok, do you get my not so subtle hints? Love ya
Your Baby Sister <>
McKinney, Texas, - Tuesday, July 04, 2006 at 21:26:53 (MDT)
Hi Elise, Just wanted to sayhow much I love your figurative work. Under the 'in progress' gallery, the first two, especially. They are so striking and for me are of the highest quality in terms of skill. What a shame about all of the nudity filtering nonsense - it wouldn't happen in the UK! Many sites offer the viewer censoring options such as This seems to be a far fairer way of allowing nudes to be viewed. I find it rather archaic to impose such restrictions on art. What if your local county wanted to advertise an exhibition featuring some great classical nude masterpieces? Perhaps then they might put logic before blind conservatism.
Peter Gander (UK artist) <>
England, - Thursday, June 29, 2006 at 04:17:00 (MDT)
how does one submit to this magazine?is it a magazine?? Are you the editor??? A bit confused but liked what I saw...
Kathy <>
Funny River AK, - Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at 12:19:07 (MDT)
I have been reading your blog for a few weeks now and enjoy hearing about the art scene in Juneau. I try to make time to do my own art work, but it seems like everything else comes first. I work here for a non-profit organization, but am trying to find a way to be involved with an art museum. That might entail going back to school... I have worked in contemporary craft and art galleries for over 10 years and would love to exchange some ideas with you sometime! Feel free to email me! Keep painting! willow.
willow <>
an island off the coast of cape cod, - Saturday, June 24, 2006 at 05:54:59 (MDT)
hi elise...just wanted to say hi and i really do enjoy your work... tried to post in your blog section but somehow the gods seemed to have banned me? not sure why... i do try to live a good life : ) btw, i love the bun... i was wearing my hair just like than when i was young...

dawn neander <>
- Saturday, April 15, 2006 at 11:58:27 (MDT)
Hello Elise, I am quite pleased to find your web-site and all of the great information and artistry. My wife and I are planning a trip to Alaska sometime in August with the intention of possibly becoming a full-time resident. I know, you've seen and heard all of this before and have seen many people from the lower 48 come and go. Unlike most people that wind up moving to Alaska based on some wild idea and a whim, we are not running away from anything. We are very fortunate to live in the middle of great natural beauty now with Black Bear, Mountain Lion, hundreds of bird species, winter temperatures down to minus 20, occasional heavey snow that forces us to walk through the woods to get home (I love it) and on and on but, we just can't seem to not feel a "calling" to your great state. Our trip there will not be one of tourism by any standards and will be much more about finding out how we would survive there and about gathering information from as many people as we can trust. It is obvious that you've spent countless hours and hard work in preparing and researching information for this web-site and all of it's links. Over the following months I will likely write to you again but I don't want to bother you or waste your time so I will try hard to be prepared with specifics. At the very least, I want to thank you now for your help and I greatly appreciate your love for beauty and your talent to express it. Thank you, Jim Berger
James Berger <>
Northern Lower Michigan, - Sunday, April 02, 2006 at 14:39:57 (MDT)
I like your stuff. if your still in touch with tess flickinger tell her charley from the cannery says hi and I'm going to graduate school next fall in logan, utah. all the best
charley lowell smith <>
minneapolis, - Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 17:44:40 (MST)
Hi Elise, Just came across your web page and the photos of the cats and eagle and the comments about them. It does say I took the photos here in Petersburg but they are actually photos from Wrangell by Lucille Merrell. I am the one who takes the cat and deer photos. Someone has us mixed up as I have received a number of emails with the photos, they are wonderful but I can not take the credit (or criticism) for them. Thanks, Jean
Jean Curry <>
Petersburg, Ak - Friday, March 17, 2006 at 21:18:30 (MST)

Thanks for the clarification Jean and my apologies about that. I have removed the images from my site (I think) I've removed that blog entry and I have fixed the guestbook entry where I attribut the photos to you. I was misinformed, I'm so sorry about that - Elise

Damn so sober can't even spell my last fricken name!!
Michael COOPER
- Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 17:13:27 (MST)
I am sorry for anonymous postings to your blog. I am also sorry to see that it seems to have become inundated with $h!T Postings...ANYwho I wanted to say HI! Happy New Year and all that biz'ness. Take care my friend!!
Michael Cooepr
anchorage, - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 17:12:56 (MST)

Found your website while researching an upcoming trip to Alaska. Really like your art. Also found the comment about your friend's experience in moving to Washington, DC to be quite true. A few years ago I spent a week Kayaking in SE Alaska. Also spent a few days in Petersburg getting to know the locals and taking a few photographs. I love what I've seen of Alaska and the people. Am looking forward to this year's trip.
Tom Rigsby <>
Alexandria, VA, - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 16:20:30 (MST)

This guestbook will be closed for a month or so while I try to figure out a way to deal with all the crazy spam I've been getting.

Friday, December 02, 2005 at 04:01:59 (MST)

I first came across your Cillian Murphy paintings, which are really good. I find doing tone and dimension on faces really difficult with painting, and their beautiful. Are most of your works based on works(I know the Hedwig images really well) or your own (...can't think of the right word to use) mental image?
Jessamy <>
Milwaukee, WI, - Thursday, December 01, 2005 at 04:01:59 (MST)
Hi Jessamy, in the gallery you'll notice under each image a note on which movie I drew the image from. There is another gallery at: where I've included links to larger images. Under each of the larger images I describe which scene the image is from. The one of him as a cowboy is one I just made up. Thanks for your interest.

Was looking up cats and strings. My cat ate a two foot long string. Keeping an eye on him. Never found anymore links to tell me how your cat faired. Hope the little thing is ok.
Dale T. L. <>
Idaho, - Wednesday, November 23, 2005 at 13:31:44 (MST)
I love your art work and your website. Check out by brother's work at I am considering moving to Alaska. I am a Nurse and there is many jobs for me. Just trying to get the nerve to leave.
Evelyn Singer <>
Brooklyn,New York, - Sunday, November 13, 2005 at 10:25:29 (MST)
I just wanted to let you know that your art is absolutely beautiful, and that I really respect your form of creativity. I can relate to many of your pictures! Love the work!!
Anonymous <>
- Wednesday, November 02, 2005 at 22:22:10 (MST)
Your website and work are beautiful! :) I just happened to stumble across your work when looking for images on Google. Really nice work. :) I'm also a NanoWriMo participant. Good luck with your novel! :) p.s. My website is ollllld and done on Geocities (boo hiss). Don't hate me! ;)
Chi Sherman <>
Indianapolis, - Wednesday, November 02, 2005 at 10:29:27 (MST)
even througha computer screen i can feel the softeness of the woman in your painting. her aura seems so peaceful.
asantie <>
boston, - Tuesday, October 25, 2005 at 08:30:15 (MDT)
You have a lot of talent and originality but you need to have a show in a large city to get your work seen and appreciated by a bigger audience.
Washington D.C., - Sunday, October 23, 2005 at 11:40:41 (MDT)
i surched about cillian murphy an i find your homepage. i thing your pictures are beautifull. really!!!!!!
German, - Monday, October 17, 2005 at 11:21:05 (MDT)
Found your site on I really like your work. Thanks for the blog, I am just now finding out about them and it is great to link artist together.
Dianne Roberson Hendrix <>
Palmer, Alaska, - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 at 08:40:32 (MDT)
I was searching on Yahoo for something, and I stumbled across your site. I don't usually read "about me's," but for some reason I did - ah ha. "The Bipolar Thing." My daughter has that - something like it - I'm not sure it's what she has or not, but medication in case, like you. Anyway, I am impressed with some of things you wrote about... Blah, blah... I never write in other people's guestbooks - but there was some connection I felt. Anyway... enjoyed thoroughly. Thanks.
Paula Long <>
Between Houston & Galveston, Texas, - Friday, October 07, 2005 at 20:45:20 (MDT)
Hi, just want to say that I realy like your paintings, specialy your "tides" work and your "group of seven like work".I'm a french painter (with an english name), so please forgive me for my not quite good english. Elaine
Elaine K Bond <>
France, - Saturday, October 01, 2005 at 13:52:04 (MDT)
Elise, I love your blog, I read it everday. I was looking at your works in progress and saw your landscape, #9, is one you consider unfinished. Hey, I love it the way it is. I copied it and used it as my August picture on the calendar I make for myself each month. Have you ever given any thought to selling it as it is?? Carolyn H.
Carolyn hoffman <>
southern PA, - Thursday, September 22, 2005 at 07:10:58 (MDT)
Just dropping by, great webby! I love art.. :D
Singapore, - Monday, September 12, 2005 at 02:32:55 (MDT)
Hi, Elise! I'm putting together a brief presentation for my college students who are travelling with me to southeast Alaska next summer. I really like your photograph of the eagle and the cat; not something we typically find in the lower 48. I hope you will allow me to use it for my classroom. Looking forward to the trek!
Jennifer <>
Ohio, - Sunday, August 28, 2005 at 08:13:53 (MDT)
Hi Jennifer, actually that isn't one of my photos! It is by a woman named Lucille Merrell in Wrangle Alaska. I don't know how to reach her and I can't give permission for her. I have since removed the images from my site as I didn't even have permission to post them in the first place. Sorry about that!
I am sad to read that you weren't gonna jump on the opportunity to come back to anchorage!!
Me <>
here, - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 16:21:02 (MDT)
Dad moved us to "lake 747" in 1969. Still have family in Ak. Dad passed away this past Dec. sure would love to see Alaska again!!!
Cecilia <>
Idaho, - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 19:00:41 (MDT)
Questions? I'm looking for artists that work in Nativve Clay... I would like to purchase...
Cecilia <>
Idaho, - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 18:58:34 (MDT)
I came across your site through Alaska Blogs. I live on Douglas Island too--actually just moved up here about a month ago. I'm going to have to come by to see your work in person one of these days.
Juneau, - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 10:43:45 (MDT)
Thank you for your response,Elise. since i came across your web site I visit it every day. when i saw your pictures my first impression was Van Gogh! the same vivid colours. they are amazing. the more i look at them, the more i like them. i am not an artist myself, i am a teacher, but this year i will defintely try to talk about your paintings during my classes. children can see a lot more than we do. not always, but sometimes. do visit poland one day! it's cold and there are beautiful places in our mountains.
kasia <>
Poland, - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 05:29:32 (MDT)
God, it seems i sent my mail 4 times yesterday. my computer is definitely the first intelligent machine on earth! sorrry!:)
Kate <>
- Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 04:36:13 (MDT)
That is OK Kasia (Kate), I just deleted the extra entries. That is common and not difficult to fix. Thank you so much for your comments; I would love to see Poland someday as well! Be sure to look me up if you are ever in Juneau.
well, i don,t live in alaska, i don't even live in the US, but i love it. I was once in new York, but didn't like it. too big, too crowdy. a few years ago i saw "Northern Exposure" on TV and fell in love in alaska completely. i do hope i will go there one day. i envy you! anyway, lots of love from poland! Kasia (Which is Kate in english)
kate <>
Poland, - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 12:02:39 (MDT)
what I love most about alaska is that every state has its characters, but alaska seemes to be populated by them. its a land where people can believe what they want, and as long as they dont bother anyone or break the law too much things are cool. living in a state like that is always exciting, but then i read cheechako blogs like yours and i get discouraged that the intolerant attitudes of the outside are slowly poisoning alaska. you read a very one sided book about a polygamy group. have you ever meet a polygamy family? there are many of us here in fairbanks. if that book would have been about blacks, or jews, and dripped with the same kind of one sided hate would you have read it? you should do your self a favour and research a subject before shooting off your mouth. but this is typical of leftist/commie "art students" equal rights for everyone that believes as you do.
fairbanks, - Thursday, August 04, 2005 at 20:23:56 (MDT)
Hi akslim,
I wish you'd have left an email address as I'd rather not discuss this complex issue in my guestbook...but I'd like to make a couple of points. First of all, I grew up across the street from a family of Mormons and my sister dated one for many years, they were incredible people with whom I had many long theological discussions over the years including reading the Book of Mormon so please don't assume this is a topic I know nothing about.

I wonder if you've read "Under the Banner of Heaven" yourself, which discusses the most *extreme* factions of Mormonism, where girls as young as 13 are coerced into marrying men in their 60s and 70s who already have multiple young wives, loads of children, and are supported by welfare (yes, by the taxes of leftist commie artists like myself). I am all for people being allowed to live their lives but certain laws exist for a reason. BTW, I don't find the beliefs of the Mormons to be any more extreme than those of the Catholic church, which is how I was raised...and I do believe in freedom of religion.

As for spouting off, it's called freedom of speach, another thing we Alaskans hold dear.

My final point is that I've lived in Alaska for nearly 20 years and have explored nearly every corner of the state (including Fairbanks which I really loved) ...maybe I wasn't born here, but I'd hardly call myself a Cheechako.

Hello, Not sure if this is where I should post a few questions or not, but I would like to comment on your site, very informative and nice artwork! My husband and I are considering moving to Alaska within the next year - year & a half. My husband loves to hunt and fish, and we both want lots of land and seclusion (meaning a few miles away from the next family). My husband has heard alot of good things about the Kenai area, are you familiar much with the living and jobs there?? Are there any websites that you could point me to that would be of help in determining if that is where we want to live? Also, any other information that you have would be fantastic!! I read your faqs and found many of it interesting, however, not much was mentioned about Kenai and other areas, as I understand you haven't lived otherwheres, so that is understandable. My husband is planning a trip to Alaska to look for work and housing and land within the year so that we know what we can afford and where abouts we can move to when we decide to do this. I would like to be able to give him a little extra information that would be helpful for him. Thank you so much for your time and assistance, and we look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible!! Sincerely; Chris
Travis & Chris Reid <>
Florence, KY, - Wednesday, August 03, 2005 at 21:24:24 (MDT)
Coole Homepage macht weiter so!!! welcome
Jordan Masada <>
NY, - Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at 15:42:10 (MDT)
Wow, your site looks really really fab since the last time I visited it! =)
Tyler Lang <>
NY, - Thursday, July 14, 2005 at 19:46:32 (MDT)
Hey Elise - I've been surfin' looking at artist sites b/c I've overhaulin' my own (it's on geocities and I'm thinking about re-creating it as a 'dot com' site...not sure if that's the route I'll take yet) and I just wanted to let you know that your artwork is absolutely amazing and I can see you have a good fan base. It just reaches out from the screen and grabs you. Your site has inspired me to re-think everything I was thinking about all over again. I especially like the way you interact with the public inviting them to help you change this or that about a piece as you're evaluating the scenario yourself. The pieces are well choreographed. I wish you peace and lots of customers! --CRUZ
Cruz <>
New York, - Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 23:41:54 (MDT)
is your friend Les Crandall the same woman I knew in Homer? She is married to Kirby? Is she in Juneau now???
CH, - Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 12:13:05 (MDT)
Your choice for color in the Wetlands gallery is very striking. (refering to pinebranchaltview.jpg) The deep focus is also very effective. Keep up the great work.
- Friday, July 08, 2005 at 16:08:56 (MDT)
I love your work. The way you use color is extraordinary. I expectually love the series of paintings in Rain Country. THe use of color sets the tone of the painting and I could feel the emotions of the women by viewing it. Anyway I like them a lot. I just moved to Alaska a couple of weeks ago and am feeling very homesick and lost. I stumbled onto your website looking up some info on "new to ALaska" and really enjoyed looking at your work. I am also an artist and have a degree in ceramics and painting and drawing. I spend as much of my spare time at art which isn't much, I hope to change that in the near future and become a full time artist. Would love to hear from you. Maybe you could give me some tips for finding other artists in the Anchorage or Wasilla area. Thanks for your great site!!! Lori
Lori Alexander <>
Wasilla, ALaska, - Monday, July 04, 2005 at 00:40:50 (MDT)
Regarding the walnut oil paint you mentioned, do you know how easy it is to make your own walnut paints? All you need is pigments and cold pressed walnut oil that is sold in most supermarkets or grocery stores. Here in England it costs the equivalent of about $3.00 for 250ml of cold pressed walnut oil. As opposed to linseed oil paint there is no need for stabilisers, turpentine, beeswax or fillers, only pigment and Walnut oil mixed in a mortar and pestle and to clean up afterwards use a few drops of walnut oil on a rag and no need for toxic turpentine, use a little detergent to finally clean brushes
Herman Jansen van Vuuren <>
England, - Sunday, June 26, 2005 at 02:37:30 (MDT)
LONGISLAND N.Y., - Saturday, June 25, 2005 at 21:11:20 (MDT)
I know this may or may not be the proper forum to discuss this, but I was wondering when you felt the need to go to Alaska. I am a native of New Mexico, another extremely sparsely populated state (not as much so as Alaska) and I have always had an odd urge to move to Alaska. I feel such a strange connection to it, even when I only look at photos. I have never been there, but feel this deep knowing down in my soul that I belong there. I am currently in graduate school at the University of Miami and will not be done for some time, but how would you go about migrating to the great northland?
David Schuster
Miami, Florida, - Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 21:15:17 (MDT)
Hi David,
You didn't leave me your email address so I've no way to reach you. Moving to Alaska will be a big change for you, both places you've lived recently have been hot... but think of it this way, if you stay a year and hate it, you can always move back to the lower 48. Alaska takes a little getting used to, and the state is not all the same, some places are tougher than others. Good luck with your decision.
Hi! I'm making a list of Alaska blogs and sites. I wanted to get an RSS feed from your site, but couldn't... is this a bug or a feature. I'd love to include you in my blogroll. If this makes no sense to you at all, be comforted to know, that I don't really know either.
Newman <>
Taiwan, - Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 01:24:40 (MDT)
Nice photos and paintings.
Baltimore, MD USA - Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 20:16:27 (MDT)
I loved your pictures over at Sandy Beach! I'm into photography too! Bob
A friend of yours Leslie Crandall suggested I get in touch! <>
Juneau, - Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 12:46:39 (MDT)
What happened to the post I read this AM? I hope everythings OK.
dave from Nebraska
- Friday, June 10, 2005 at 15:54:21 (MDT
I purchased an original acrylic painting titled "A midnight mush" by W.E. Cross, some 30 years ago in Anchorage but cannot find any info on this, who was considered an "up and coming artist". Do you know what has become of him?
gary hebert
Ware, Ma, - Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 05:43:35 (MDT)

Gary, 30 years ago was before my time I'm afraid. I've never heard of W.E Cross, I even did some searching around on my own and couldn't find anything. You may want to email the curator at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, they may have heard of him. Good luck - Elise

thanks for thee compliment
hugh mc peck <>
anchorage, - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 18:08:15 (MDT)
Yah, the whole "Summerhill" entry seemed a bit suspicious. So, JimmyJamjamsIlikestoeatYams, who are you really? Is this Cooper? If so, congratulations on graduating! I would have come to your party if I'd been in Anchorage but alas I had to go to the UAS graduation (part of my contract)...still, I'm sure it was a rager! And if this isn't Cooper, please don't toy with me anymore.
- Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 18:48:26 (MDT)
Hello Elise, I hope you like yams the way That summerhill crack-pot wasn't really summerhill...Are you really thinking about leaving AK?
Rt. Here, - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 12:37:20 (MDT)
Hi. I like your style. I am a sound installation artist and also have a gallery in Mexico City. Every now and then we make exhibitions that go along with music. We shhould do somthing some time... cheers Nacho
mexico city <>
Mexico city, - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 20:07:36 (MDT)
Well Elise I have to say that you have made quite an impression on myself. Why this ol fat bastard couldn't have become what he is without the inspiration garnered from his ol pal ELiSE T. ET as it were back in the day on the streets o ANchorage..
- Sunday, April 24, 2005 at 14:23:55 (MDT)
How's life up there in the permafrost? Lay off the aleve take a hot bath.Start tommorrow with a mixture of mineral spirits and stand oil 50/50 It's really just superheated linseed but drys in a few days gives your work a remarkable hard non yellowing finish. Takes a little getting used to. it's my only medium~frank
frank sadera <>
Where the trees sing and the water dances, - Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 15:04:39 (MDT)
Elise, WOW! You are so talented! I envy what you can do and how influential you are over so many. Keep up the great work!
Pierre, - Thursday, April 07, 2005 at 12:23:20 (MDT)
Hi there... I'm a fellow artist living in Fairbanks. I recently started a blog on studio life and I came across your blog while looking for other studio blog. I think yours is great and I'll be checking in regularly... Great artwork, by the way.
Madara Hill <>
Fairbanks, - Sunday, April 03, 2005 at 11:47:08 (MDT)
you are an absolute goddess..who are you really?
Steve Glazer
- Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 11:43:11 (MST)
What did you think of the movie lost in translation?
Steve Glazer <>
florida, - Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 11:37:01 (MST)
Please let me know if we are connected? Tomlinson blood line, Great Grandfather Dennis Tomlinson. Grandmother Liddie Ann Tomlinson, born 1888, Denton co Decature Texas, Her mother Mary Ann Mc Curley.... Thanks, La Rue Alegria
La Rue Alegria <>
Lancaster California, - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 23:54:26 (MST)
Do you remember me? We used to be pretty good friends, when you first moved to alaska. We were in a few art classes together. email me, I'd love to hear from you! Love the art.
Cheryl Lyon (Schnell) <>
Anchorage, - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 06:05:44 (MST)
Hi Elise! Just thought I'd check in to say hi. Hope you are doing well.
Kelly Howlett <>
Green Bay, WI, - Sunday, March 06, 2005 at 03:48:06 (MST)
Just to thank you for posting the photographs of the bridal shower. Bettye and Dean
Amelia's grandparents <>
San Antonio, Tx, - Wednesday, March 02, 2005 at 19:47:08 (MST)
I'm hoping to get up to Fairbanks or Anchorage and try to make a go of it there... I've been reading all kinds of stories and listening to folks who have been there. Some have good things to say, and there are those who have nothing good to say. But I guess you see and hear all kinds in life. Thanks for building the page. It is very interesting. You seem to have true words. I like that. Thanks again.
Judith Dockery <>
North Carolina, - Wednesday, March 02, 2005 at 18:34:55 (MST)
I like the raven picture with the green background and the red berry . I also think the window is distracting and should be painted out, :-)
MN., - Tuesday, March 01, 2005 at 20:14:28 (MST)
BYFIELD MASS, - Friday, February 25, 2005 at 10:09:19 (MST)
Long-time fan.
Sam Bradford <>
Atlanta, GA USA, - Saturday, February 12, 2005 at 00:11:16 (MST)
I too stumbled across your website in search of Cillian Murphy pixs. Just wanted to say "Wow". You are very, very talented. I'm really not very artistic, but I am truly in awe of people who are creative and artistic. Keep up the good work!
Washington, DC, - Wednesday, February 09, 2005 at 22:46:08 (MST)
Hi - I stumbled on to your site looking for artists expressing thier ideas. You sure do, and have some great work besides. It's encouraging to see talent express itself, as I have a great reluctance (irrational) to really do anything ...or at least focus on a style and get painting! I too have recently been experimenting with acrylics (love the cleanup!), but much prefer oils ... at least when I pick up the rare brush ... Your style of subject and design is something I connect with - I love the figure done with a unique hand with an interesting background. I encourage you to keep working to develop this style, and work larger! If you are interested, there is a great painter's forum you might enjoy tucked away at Craigslist. Look me up and I'll give you the details! Peace & Art - Greg
greg <>
Seattle, - Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 14:00:36 (MST)
Hey Elise... looking you and Rick up tonight.. was thinking of you all and saw your work... I think it is awesome.. I hope you are well.... good luck in all...take care, Cromer
cromer <>
virginia, - Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 23:30:34 (MST)
your site and blog look great! and you mentioned me! I love the Hedwig images, and more!!!!
Juneau, - Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at 14:42:04 (MST)
I love your sense of color.I also think you must drive your self nuts.That's ok, most of us do the same thing.What is a blog?I am a sculptor,but only for my pleasure and family gifts.I have always wanted to learn how to paint but I have no sense of color. You are blessed by the gods.Dont let the liars and cheats stop you,they cant steal your talent.
viki jones <>
overland park,kansas, - Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 10:30:04 (MST)
I miss you! It's been too long! I love your paintings! I'm always jealous of Jenni because she has your work on her walls!
melissa <>
currently baltimore, - Sunday, January 16, 2005 at 08:14:49 (MST)

Hey Melissa, I miss you too! I'm coming to Baltimore in July, we'll have to get together then...
Love your colors and your paintings. I found your site through the Art Blog ring. My blog is Good luck with the show in April!!! SoRreLL
susan sorrell <>
Greenville, SC, - Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 19:34:33 (MST)
I've been reading your site for awhile now and have found it very inspirational. I'm an artist that goes through periods of dormancy and have never really pushed myself to see what I was capable of. You've given me the push to try and not worry about failure. Just thought you might like to know. plus, luv your style. Terrance Brown
Terrance <>
Calgary, - Tuesday, January 04, 2005 at 12:44:00 (MST)
Hello Elise. Your work is absolutly fantastic! I am an artist as well (a style completely differant from yours)but I am now trying desperatly on promoting my website. When you said how many visitors you get I almost fell over! Could you give any suggestions of what you've done for me to get to where you are? I envy your life up in Alaska. What I want more than ever is to find a 'run-away' place from the demands of life so I can just paint. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerly, Debbie
Debbie Lund <>
British Columbia Canada, - Friday, December 17, 2004 at 15:53:37 (MST)
hey, i was dureling over pics of cillian murphy, when i saw ur amasing drawings so i clicked on the link to see more.....then i saw u love Alaksa too.........and u take pitures for ur artwork welll cillian murphy is a hero of mine amasing beauitful actor.. my life dream is to at least go to alaska mabey live there for a while ..... and i study photography strange huh? i like ur life !1 keep up wiv the gd stuff ur great :)
Siobhan Bates <>
London, - Wednesday, December 08, 2004 at 13:30:52 (MST)
great website!
Alaska, - Thursday, November 25, 2004 at 19:43:12 (MST)
Elisa, you are an impressive artist. Both in your painting and in your putting together an art site here. I don't know which tops - my envy or my admiration. I'm one of those techno-deficient persons who needs a "Dummy's Gude to Reading Dummy's Guides." I spent the past week stumbling thru the basics of creating a blog and - finally (over the weekend) have put together the start-up basics of one. (it's the URL mentioned above. The key word "notches" combines NOTes and sketCHES to describe both my main avenue of work, and to play on the idea of "notching" my days on the planet, not unlike Cruso tracking his island stay. Browsing "art journals" sites I am amazed at how much talent exists in this avenue. Blogs obviously seem to be a good way of bring them out. I like your "100 things" to know about you. It was "bingo!" for me; I intend to do the same thing. God, there is so much to explore. Not just in the multitude of art journal sites, but the content that can be contained in one site such as yours. It inspires me. Or there any basic "how-to-do this or that" sites for artist bloggers? I got so many questions. Again, you're good. And I thank you. Ralph
Ralph Ivy (aka "rivy") <>
Arkansas, - Monday, November 15, 2004 at 08:00:06 (MST)
Very nice web site...boy could I pick your brain...I want to leave CA spring 05...You say there are no roads in or do you get supplies? Whats the population of Juneau and Douglas Island...Thanks for a the nice web site Best Chuck
Chuck Reiisnger <>
Fresno CA, - Wednesday, October 27, 2004 at 02:23:26 (MDT)
Ooops, a couple weeks ago I tried to delete some spam here and ended up breaking the guestbook. I finally got suspicious that there haven't been any new postings in so long so I checked and sure enough, I had accidentally deleted the code. It should be fixed now though. Sorry about that!
- Monday, October 25, 2004 at 21:45:21 (MDT)
Hello Elisa. I'm very much impressed by your work, especially the colours. I mentioned your site in my E-zine about Photography and Art.
Henk Bakker <>
the Netherlands, - Monday, October 11, 2004 at 01:01:13 (MDT)
I turned 55 yesterday, my wife and I have a goal to move to Alaska, live in a rural / remote location and learn about life with out depending on "modern conveniences" .... I did the easy part, I talked about it. Within one year we will be there, your website has been an inspiration to turn our dream into reality. Thank you!! Mike
Michael Heit <>
Harrington, WA, - Saturday, October 09, 2004 at 17:17:42 (MDT)
Well you know i have been seriously thinking of moving to Alaska! I have five months left in the Navy. I don't want a hustle and bustle kinda life and that is pretty much what the main land is all about. I want to live a simple non-complicated life as possible. To be honest the wild life is what attracts me most of all! The land is awesome too, from what i have seen anyways. I love going to the seqiuas here in california and do not want to leave when i go there. I have five months left and i guess i will have to see what God and myself can scrape up to get out there, Lord willing. But i am the idependant type you are talking about. Sorry for talkin to much:) Hope you have a good day and God bless you and everyone in Alaska!
Tad <>
Lemoore Ca (orig) Texas, - Saturday, October 02, 2004 at 01:27:33 (MDT)
this isn't about about your art, but more about alaska. are you familiar with interior alaska? do you have any advice> I would love to chat with you about your experiences....
Susan Hoag <>
Boise, thinking about moving to fairbanks, - Thursday, September 23, 2004 at 12:07:30 (MDT)
Wow! Your paintings are so beautiful! Dinner was fun! I hope to be able to talk to you again!
Michelle <>
Alaska, - Thursday, September 16, 2004 at 23:15:21 (MDT)
include a picture of a soulful lab/mix living the good life.
Teig <>
Kailua, - Wednesday, September 15, 2004 at 02:40:15 (MDT) Trackback: Oh, I've missed you Teig! - Elise
It's the good girls who keep the diaries, the bad girls never have the time. -- Tallulah Bankhead
San Diego, - Sunday, August 29, 2004 at 01:10:14 (MDT)
Question:I'm taking an art class and the instructor told us that we could not sign on the front of our work . She said that you can't sign the front unless you were an established artist. Does anyone agree with this and are there any rules justifying that statement? I think that if you made it and it is no one else's work than you can sign it even if you are a new artist. Who knows , maybe someday you will be famous and then you can't claim your work from when you first started. shell
shell <>
biloxi ms, - Wednesday, August 25, 2004 at 20:45:31 (MDT)
You have a very distinct style and a unique sense of composition. I admire your work very much and have enjoyed touring through your site's non-art-related pages about Alaska.
Dave Maple <>
Littleton Colorado, - Saturday, August 21, 2004 at 00:30:21 (MDT)
I'm thinking very strongly about moving to alaska, but i would like to know the way of life there the opportunities, schools, everything for a normal life. thank you
vilma patricia powledge rivera <>
puerto rico, - Wednesday, August 18, 2004 at 08:14:13 (MDT)
Elise, Loved the site.Was fun wandering around in here.Your use of color is off the hook and really thought provoking.Not sure how i got here... the trip started with me conversing with a group of Chinese artists about links, couple clicks later here i am. Bravo just all round excellent work. Bob Do drop by and visit.If you like leave a note with your location and addy in my book.You will be traveling in good company. Again great work Bob
Robert d Hogge <>
Long Beach N.Y., - Saturday, August 14, 2004 at 23:30:10 (MDT)
Hi, 'Lise! Kewel! I especially like item #93 in your bio... Love, D.
Doug <>
Kalama, - Wednesday, August 11, 2004 at 00:02:26 (MDT)
You have an inate ability at capturing the essence of the tortured woman...

Earth, - Tuesday, August 10, 2004 at 13:14:40 (MDT)
Hi. I found this site while searching for Hedwig photos on Google. Your paintings came up, and I'm so moved by them! That's my favourite part of the film, and you've captured it so well... I don't know which one I like best! I think it's a tie between the first and third. Anyway, your other artwork is fantastic as well. I'll definitely be checking back.
Jessie <>
Canada, - Monday, August 02, 2004 at 16:40:51 (MDT)
Great Site! I love it. I'll be back soon!
painting <>
San Diego, - Friday, July 30, 2004 at 21:09:35 (MDT)
Hey you -- I just stumbled across your site -- WOW -- your work is just fantastic. Really fun site to visit. Stefan and I are still in Seattle -- we just had our first baby, Jenica on May 8th. I was hoping to get a hold of Rick to talk to him, but I don't have current contact information on him. Do you know where he is?? If you have time, drop me a note. Sounds like things are going really well for you in Southeast. Hope you are having a wonderful summer. Take care -- Kim
Kim Connor <>
- Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at 13:19:51 (MDT)
I'm moving to juneau from So Cal in august to attend uas. love the website and the artwork, im an artist musician etc as well. Anything you could say about the area would be helpful. How's the skate park? And do people really surf? I hope. Thanks
Andrew <>
California, - Sunday, July 25, 2004 at 11:53:43 (MDT)
I just came across your website doing a Cillian Murphy search, I have a slight obsession with him now. But I read you 100 favorite things about Alaska, although I haven't been living there the last eight years, it reminds me a lot of things I loved about Alaska and really, really miss. The Northern lights is the one thing I miss so much it almost hurts, and your comment on how wonderful people are there is very true. Living in Las Vegas, in such a large city, has made me think about how genuine and kind people are there, I miss just having someone smile and say hello when I pass them on the side walk. You have a great website, and some amazing art work, especially of Cillian Murphy. HeHe!
Cassie Hilton <>
Anchorage, AK, - Friday, July 23, 2004 at 17:46:14 (MDT)
Your work is really interesting and would make a great addition to the Original Art & Photography program. It just launched two weeks ago and already has almost 600 artist members. It's completely free to join and very easy to use. Check it out (then select Original Art & Photography). Thanks, Amy
Amy <>
- Tuesday, July 20, 2004 at 11:02:28 (MDT)
You don't know me, but I went to your show at the Friendly Planet and picked up one of your business cards with your web address on it. I loved your show though I missed the opening and several of the pieces I would have purchased were already sold. Have you considered selling prints of your work downtown, possibly in a place like Annie Kails? I think they would be quite popular. Congratulations.
Mary Ann
Juneau Alaska, - Saturday, July 17, 2004 at 18:59:29 (MDT)
OH MY GOD!!! I have spent the better part of 5 hours scouring thru your heart and soul Elise I must say I have been touched and inspired by your artwork beyond simple words. I saw Joan and Annie M from the old country this past weekend and first upon their list of Megan you must do's was a trip to your online world...AWESOME just AWESOME!! I have many questions for you but will not clog your blog, but have a few comments. I ADORE a zoloft and lithium cocktail around noon everyday...and I too do not believe I have bi-polar, but rather a blessing that 6 months out of the year I require little or no sleep and can entertain myself with a multitude of projects all of which end up being boxed and tucked away in some spare bedroom for future fine details or sales. I need to know who you babysat for when you were a child, they may be my friends. If no one has mentioned this to you recently I wanted to say that I am very proud and inspired by your creative courage to dream those dreams and make them part of your reality.....whatever that may be. I stay as far away from that horrific institution as I possibly can...question reality..always!! My fantasy world is just fine the way it is, thank you very much Elise for your inspiration, I look forward to hearing from you via this amazing box and I promise I wont ever telephone, I too fear that dumb thing! If I gave you some sailing tips would you share with me some ceramic tips?? Fare thee well long lost plaid skirted friend Megan Froelich
Megan Froelich <>
My mama's womb, - Tuesday, July 06, 2004 at 20:45:39 (MDT)
Dear Elise I goggled 'printmaking Alaska' and came across your site. I am looking for a good supplier of printmaking supplies in Alaska. I will be passing through Ancorage on my way to a work shop in Siberia. If I can order some things there it will help cut back on my excess baggage from Montreal. Could you suggest any one? I enjoyed your site! Thankyou Paul Machnik
paul machnik <>
Montreal QC, - Saturday, June 26, 2004 at 09:42:53 (MDT)
Your work is wonderful. Who knew? I'll do my best to be at your art show. You have a wonderfule talent. Thanks for sharing. Diana
Diana Collins <>
UAS, - Friday, June 25, 2004 at 11:05:30 (MDT)
i greatly enjoyed your comments on life in juneau. my first job application was directed towards Palmer, AK. ...but now, Juneau is on my radar. DC is filled with amazing opportunities, but i think AK-life might be very fulfilling, if you have perspective... and know what you want. ...would love to have a contact in juneau if i ever make it there. regards, drew
Drew Nagle
DC, - Wednesday, June 02, 2004 at 12:32:10 (MDT)
Hi Elise! I just wanted to say that I had read your comment on my blog and responded, but don't know if you ever read it. I would love it if you could participate in the Happy Project. I do need your address so that I can send out an official letter with a blank postcard. By the way, I like your site and I'll be returning again! -Amparo
California, - Tuesday, June 01, 2004 at 22:47:48 (MDT)
When last I was talking with Boris (at Kooyong during the Australian Open )he said that he thought you were cute too;-) Thanks for ur comment at 26 ur site will most definetley bbl:)
centur <>
Australia, - Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 16:31:03 (MDT)
I love your artwork! I found your site by mistake about a week ago, and I've been coming back almost daily ever since. I paint myself, but I'm having a really hard time you have any tips?
Brigitte Keefe <>
Burnaby, BC, - Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 00:27:31 (MDT)
Your work is great! I enjoy reading about another artist working on the west coast. I'm adding a link to my site.
Howard Penning
Vancouver, Bristish Columbia, Canada, - Friday, May 07, 2004 at 10:58:30 (MDT)
I'm not an artist but your blog makes me want to try. I like your paintings and your sense of humor. Alaska sounds like a great place to live.
David Bellweather
Ohio (like that CD you like), - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 22:18:47 (MDT)
Nice site!
Romania, - Friday, April 23, 2004 at 00:36:15 (MDT)
I thought I'd check out that Kite Club too, why not make a version you can download and play? Something more compressed, it kept freezing up on me. (but it WAS funny).
Jamie <>
Detroit Michigan, - Saturday, April 17, 2004 at 01:42:44 (MDT)
I like your site eh.
Mary Jane
Seattle, - Saturday, April 17, 2004 at 01:28:40 (MDT)
Kite Club is BRILLIANT! I almost fell out of my office chair when they start the fite fight in the basement. Your parody has really perked up my day!
BananaFlip <>
Austin, TX USA - Thursday, April 15, 2004 at 14:57:11 (MDT)
You have an original and appealing site, i enjoyed your art and writing about Alaska a lot.>
San Fransisco, CA USA - Monday, April 12, 2004 at 06:57:54 (MDT)
I enjoy your paintings and photographs very much. I took a cruise of the Inside Passage 6 years ago and we stopped in Juneau briefly. Seeing your photos brought back some nice memories. I'm not an artist but I enjoy your blog, I've always been curious about artistic people.
Marrianne Martin <>
Perth, Western Australia - Tuesday, March 23, 2004 at 21:09:41 (MST)
You are a godess!
Alexander <>
Escondido, CA USA - Friday, March 19, 2004 at 16:32:06 (MST)
Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent and for all your tips about staying motivated etc. in your blog. I am also a painter but I don't have a website (yet). I also like hearing about Southeast Alaska, it seems not too different from where I live -except for the population of course. It's getting worse here every year.
Bob Hollister <>
Vancouver, British Columbia - Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 15:06:51 (MST)
I like your painting of Cillian Murphy. He is a very talented actor and you're a very talented painter. Keep up the great work.
Megan Kerry
Wilwaukee, WI USA - Friday, March 12, 2004 at 02:01:28 (MST)
Hey there, I see in your "100 things to know about me" section that you're from O'Neill Nebraska originally, that's right next door to me! I only moved here last year and it's a big change. I probably won't be staying long though, too flat. Anyway, I love your paintings, I'll think of them everytime I make it into the "big city" of O'Neill ha ha.
John M.
Atkinson, NE USA - Saturday, March 06, 2004 at 16:14:32 (MST)
Great site, I'm also an artist and I've added you to my bookmarks!
Middlesex, NJ USA - Saturday, March 06, 2004 at 05:27:33 (MST)
Hi Elise! Thanks a lot for your kind words on my tagboard. I could nor react until now because I was away for a couple of weeks. You have a beautiful website to. You're paintings are really very strong. I like your style. Therefore I"m gonna make a link on my site to this site. I wish you the best and a lot of success with this website and your beautiful art. Greetings, Jo
Jo <>
Terneuzen, The Netherlands - Tuesday, March 02, 2004 at 18:24:42 (MST)
Hey Elise, I left a comment for you yesterday but it must have gotten lost in the whole upload process. Anyway, the general point was in reference to our Dougherty's conversation regarding goals and dreams. I will be starting my first project in the next few months....learning about sheep. Last night I was told they need to walk 2 miles a day, so I guess I have my exercise program established for me! I'll let you know how it all works out next Christmas. By the way, your site is awesome! Take care.
USA - Sunday, February 29, 2004 at 16:47:12 (MST)
I like your paintings and photographs. I had no idea that Alaska was so green.
Kay <>
Piedmont, AL USA - Saturday, February 28, 2004 at 17:15:38 (MST)
Hi Joe Joe, I did not delete your comments on purpose. What happens with guestbooks is that any comments left by guests are stored on the remote server. Sometime I make changes to the guestbook.html file (in my local directory) and then upload it onto the remote server, overwriting any new comments that were made since the last time I downloaded the file from the remote server. This probably sounds complicated if you aren't a web developer but this is a mistake I make all the time; I have lost countless comments by accident this way. I will make every attempt to remember not to do this in the future so I don't lose entries, which I really appreciate getting. Sorry about that.
Elise <>
Douglas , AK USA - Tuesday, February 24, 2004 at 00:53:40 (MST)
I'm just curious, I left you some comments a couple weeks ago and now they aren't in your guestbook anymore. Why did you delete them? I was only trying to give you a compliment.
Joe Joe

Orlando, FL USA - Tuesday, February 24, 2004 at 00:48:52 (MST)
Hi Elise, I really enjoyed browsing your web site and viewing your paintings and photographs. I have always romanticized Alaska and admired its unspoiled wilderness. What a beautiful place to live in and be inspired by!
Vancouver, Canada - Sunday, February 22, 2004 at 15:58:41 (MST)
Great site! your work has definitely expanded since I last checked out your pages... well, and I must say the blog is cool as well-- a real 'working' artist page. xo!
Switz. - Sunday, January 25, 2004 at 07:17:02 (MST)
Nice site.. good job. I enjoy your photo section, which by the way is very good, creates an interesting personal view of your state. Most of what I know about Alaska is by way of "Northern Exposure", which I realize was not even shot in Alaska. I get the feeling that when people are spread out very thinly like where you live that it tends to make people more personable. I'm in the SW Missouri Ozarks, hillbilly country, which is quite different.. people are not spread quite as thin, but nothing like a lot of the US. The town I live in is a little like a cross between "Northern Exposure" and "Mayberry" on the Andy Griffith Show. Keep up the good work, Yours Truly, Dave
Dave Sanders <>
Hollister, mo. USA - Friday, January 23, 2004 at 05:34:03 (MST)
I really liked your paiting Reflection! Your paintings are really neat the way you use the colors and stuff like, in other words its different and that's why i like them! I think you shouldn't ever quit paiting unless you have to because these paintigs are a work of art!
Chelsey <>
Collinsvile, MS USA - Tuesday, January 13, 2004 at 15:25:03 (MST)
I like the Hedwig paintings. You've done a great job of expressing Hedwig's sense of pain, disbelief and finally exceptance. Or at least that is how I see it. I think it is cool that you do paintings inspired by movies. I'd like to see more of that.
Joe Joe
Denver, CO USA - Friday, January 02, 2004 at 00:45:07 (MST)
Nice site. "Sunbather" is my favorite. Thank you for a pleasant visit. regards joe

UK - Saturday, December 20, 2003 at 16:32:47 (MST)
Wow not to sure how I cam about your site but would like to say love your art work :) I also enjoyed reading some of the stuff you have written about Alaska :)
Twendy <>
Rotorua, NI New Zealand - Friday, December 05, 2003 at 01:54:47 (MST)
Nice site, I enjoyed reading the blog, how you come up with ideas for paintings. i mostly do video but I see you do that too. Kite Club sounds fun, you should stream it on this site when you're finished. Let me know.
Jerry <>
Las Vegas , NV USA - Wednesday, November 19, 2003 at 17:05:29 (MST)
love the artist blog...
Olney, MD USA - Tuesday, November 11, 2003 at 00:18:16 (MST)
Wow, Elise--I hadn't seen your new work yet--this is some gorgeous work! I LOVE the tidal flats, and, as always, the images of women. I also am interested in how you get over painter's block...I love this idea of juxtaposition to get unstuck. When I get stuck I find images of women to help. I recently went the Vancouver Art Gallery and found a few stark photos. But there is something about your paintings that does it even better for me. I'm so impressed with you!
Emily <>
Vancouver, BC Canda - Thursday, September 25, 2003 at 09:32:17 (MDT)
I want to start a blog of my own...I have interesting artist things to talk about too.
Henry Bates <>
Eugene, OR USA - Wednesday, September 10, 2003 at 02:33:56 (MDT)
My mouth is still agape. I can remember how influential Elise's early paintings were in reference to a visual of the woman's soul. Now she has taken it one step further to a new maturity and understanding of how miraculous it is to look at a picture and feel the medium animating an inanimate object. Bless you child. You have the gift.
Dottie Kazuti
Baltimore, MD USA
Date: Monday, March 24, 19103 at 08:09:23
I like your style. I especially like the pieces tied with poetry. It's great to see visual and written art mixed in that way.
Jessica Smith
Dallas, TX USA
Monday, February 24, 19103 at 12:57:51

"Neutral Buoyancy" evokes feelings of intense passion. Yet, where is the subject flying to? I wish I were in this painting.
Jack Larsen
Las Cruces, NM
Tuesday, December 11, 19101 at 17:20:57
Tomlinson's vivid depictions explore the lives of women, and call into question our own interpretations of those lives and our own. The intersection of strength and sensuality are ever-present in her work. I expect that we will see much more from this up and coming artist, who is clearly flourishing in her medium.
Vanessa Goldstein
Plymouth, MA USA
Sunday, December 9, 19101 at 14:31:02

what can i say? i have a very talented sister..... diane beck
lakeville, mn usa
Tuesday, December 4, 19101 at 21:59:22

What an awesome webpage. I am very impressed -- and so proud of you! Vicky
Thursday, November 29, 19101 at 10:26:12

Lots2 discuss, like the simplicity of the site but rather talk then type.
Thursday, November 15, 19101 at 16:05:49