Elise Cruickshank lives on the Bellarine Peninsula with her husband and three children. She is a qualified social worker and is employed locally, working to support the needs of our aged population. She is inspired by the coastal landscape in which she resides, as well as the abundant and beautiful wildlife within. In 2018, Elise discovered when painting with her children, an unknown capacity to paint and draw. Elise soon developed a love for painting and has since participated in a range of workshops and classes to explore and develop her skills. These include those delivered by the Geelong Art Society and Artworx in Geelong.
Elise works with oil paint as her preferred medium. She loves the buttery texture and the colour depth and range it allows for. Most of her paintings are done entirely with a painting knife and often on timber panels. She has a great appreciation for realism and still life, while at the same time she loves the opportunity that art provides to explore the abstract mind.
Along with other local creatives, in 2020, Elise established a community art page, Bellarine Peninsula Art. A place for locals to connect and share all things art. In 2021, Elise took the next step in her art journey by entering her first art shows and exhibitions. She was very excited to be invited to participate in the very first Queenscliff Art Prize. Due to her love for learning, Elise has since applied for, and been offered, a place at Deakin University, where she is working towards a Master of Creative Arts.
I would like to thank Paddy Finnigan Photography for supplying the photography reference for Hooded Plover In Flight.