The Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute currently features artist Elise Spaid-Roberts in a virtual gallery on its Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the library is unable to display River City Art Association’s December Artist of the Month in the lobby of the main branch at Seventh and Poplar streets.
“I have been making tiny paintings the past couple years,” Elise says in her artist statement.
“Painting on coins and equally small pieces is a technical and physical challenge for me. There’s no room for a shaky hand. Painting has always served as a way to center my thoughts, but small work brings focus to a maximum level. I have to be aware of how physically relaxed I am when painting as well. It’s easier said than done, but the time it takes serves as a wonderful moment of relief. Painting is a bit of escapism for me. Landscapes as a subject offer a reprieve from the chaos in the rest of the world. I’m also fascinated by extreme weather and enjoy painting clouds.
I still occasionally work in larger sizes like 5×7 and more traditional sizes. I think painting in miniature is something I’ll be doing for a while.”
Find Elise at www.leafpileart.com