I'm Elysia.
Wine artist.
Travel adventurer and
world wanderer. 
Admitted latte addict.
Yogi.
Lover of leftovers and
behind-the-scenes special features.
Amateur salsa dancer.
And of course–I love wine.

 
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A few years ago

I found myself at a crossroads. I was recently back living in the U.S. after an incredible year and a half traveling and living in New Zealand and Colombia. I had literally felt on top of the world, and as soon as we came back, all I knew was that I didn’t want to spend my life stressed at a desk.

I painted a lot in college and held onto those paints, even as we threw out most of our stuff to move abroad and only our most vital possessions made it to the storage unit. I took them out and began painting again using our travel photos as inspiration. I didn’t have any kind of plan; I was just trying to find something to connect me to a more joyous time in my life.

One day as I was browsing Instagram, I saw an artist that had painted something with coffee. I went from thinking ‘how cool!’ to ‘could I do that with wine?’ Was painting with wine even a thing? I’d never heard of it, but I drove right to the liquor store and asked for the inkiest, richest, darkest bottle of red wine they had and got to work.

 

I quickly became obsessed with wine colors. How could I not?! They’re so beautiful! I experimented and experimented and experimented. I knew the idea wouldn’t have come to me if it wasn’t possible, and I was determined to figure it out. I initially wondered why more people weren’t painting with wine before I quickly understood why: wine as a medium is incredibly challenging! It took me a long while (and quite a bit of wine tasting along the way!), but eventually I developed a multi-step customized process for creating wine paintings.

Wine is already art. The artistry that goes into every bottle of wine is always the foundation of my inspiration. I'm always fascinated when I open a new bottle and get excited to see the color it will produce. Each piece I create seeks to visually express the beauty of wine and its colors, and I try to incorporate other wine elements in my pieces when I can. I love using corks to create my pieces when possible, to further my connection to the beauty of the winemaking process. 

I know I’m biased here, but I think wine is the coolest thing you can paint with. Before I even get my hands on it, there has been so much energy, passion and love poured into that wine, and I get to extend all that in a totally different art form!

 

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