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Tamarack Gold by Leah Svendsen

MEET THE ARTISTS

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

Painters

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.

Sculptors

artist Shelley Curtiss Rogers
Shelley Curtiss

Today Shelley’s bronze sculptures are permanently installed in private and corporate collections and public parks across the nation, including five parks in New York City.

In 1986 Shelley moved to the small town of Joseph, high in the mountains of Northeast Oregon, where the landscape is remote and inspirational.  After establishing her studio, in 1989 she poured her first crucible of molten bronze at Joseph Art Castings, a fine art foundry which she co-owned, built, and operated for six years.  Still a resident artist of Joseph, Oregon, Shelley has raised her children, become a teacher and advocate for the Arts, and been a community leader.

Shelley has pursued an ongoing education in the Arts through her own independent study.  Although her early college education culminated in a BS degree in Microbiology in 1973, her career in the sciences was short-lived relative to her passion for sculpture.  In addition to her stylized, minimalist wildlife figures, her work also includes a series of sculptures influenced by her interest in Taoism.