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Tamarack Gold by Leah Svendsen


At Element, we strive to support local artists and makers whenever possible. 


artist Leah Svendsen
Leah J Svendsen

Born and raised in Joseph, Oregon, Leah remembers being 9 years old when drawing became more than lines on paper. A Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Painting from Lewis and Clark College in Portland expanded her artistic horizons.

Leah found her way back to her home town in Eastern Oregon and now paints her horizons around the Wallowa Mountains and valleys by working with the encaustic (wax and resin) medium.  She is the Owner and Operator of Element and has her encaustic studio in the shop. She can often be found painting during shop hours and teaching painting workshops after hours.

artist Nicole Freshley
Nicole Freshley

Nicole Freshley is a landscape painter based in Joseph, Oregon, where she and her paints venture into the backcountry often. Using watercolor and gouache, she's forever attempting to distill a moment down to the handful of elements that make it magical, so she can share that sense of magic through her paintings.

Her style combines clean lines and crisp accuracy with simplified color blocks and a feeling of fluidity. Browse the selection of her beautiful prints at Element.

M.C. Reardon
artist MC Reardon

A fourth generation Oregonian, currently residing in the Portland area, Melissa has worked as a full time artist since 1997.  She's a self-taught painter, photographer and poet. 


Her acrylic works at Element reflect upon the beauty of wild nature, capturing light, shadow, color and texture of the glorious landscapes of Wallowa County.