Skip to content

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
Easton Point Dusk  12" x 12"  Oil On Board

Easton Point Dusk

12" x 12"

Oil On Board

Buy Now

Inquire
End Of Day  24" x 36"  Oil On Canvas

End Of Day

24" x 36"

Oil On Canvas

Buy Now

Inquire
Dusk From Horn Hill  11" x 14"  Oil On Board

Dusk From Horn Hill

11" x 14"

Oil On Board

Buy Now

Inquire
Before Breakfast  12" x 12"  Oil On Board

Before Breakfast

12" x 12"

Oil On Board

Buy Now

Inquire
Dredger On The Schuylkill  24" x 30"  Oil On Canvas

Dredger On The Schuylkill

24" x 30"

Oil On Canvas

Buy Now

Inquire
Dogs In The Brandywine  24" x 30"  Oil On Canvas

Dogs In The Brandywine

24" x 30"

Oil On Canvas

Buy Now

Inquire
COVID Corner  16" x 20"  Oil On Board

COVID Corner

16" x 20"

Oil On Board

Buy Now

Inquire
Sledding With A View  24" x 36"  Oil On Canvas

Sledding With A View

24" x 36"

Oil On Canvas

Buy Now

Inquire
Rittenhouse Snow  36" x 30"  Oil On Canvas

Rittenhouse Snow

36" x 30"

Oil On Canvas

Buy Now

Inquire
Under The Elevated  30" x 24"  Oil On Canvas

Under The Elevated

30" x 24"

Oil On Canvas

Buy Now

Inquire
City Hubbub  12" x 16"  Oil On Board

City Hubbub

12" x 16"

Oil On Board

Buy Now

Inquire
Narberth Flags  10" x 10"  Oil On Board

Narberth Flags

10" x 10"

Oil On Board

Buy Now

Inquire
Rittenhouse Hardware  24" x 24"  Oil On Canvas

Rittenhouse Hardware

24" x 24"

Oil On Canvas

Buy Now

Inquire
Morning Rush Hour  24" x 24"  Oil On Canvas

Morning Rush Hour

24" x 24"

Oil On Canvas

Buy Now

Inquire
Tea Time At Parc  11" x 14"  Oil On Board

Tea Time At Parc

11" x 14"

Oil On Board

Buy Now

Inquire
Schools Out  24" x 24"  Oil On Canvas

Schools Out

24" x 24"

Oil On Canvas

Buy Now

Inquire
Claudios  30" x 24"  Oil On Canvas

Claudios

30" x 24"

Oil On Canvas

Buy Now

Inquire
Bridges On The Schuylkill  20" x 16"  Oil On Canvas

Bridges On The Schuylkill

20" x 16"

Oil On Canvas

Buy Now

Inquire
Loftiest Perch  46" x 34"  Oil On Canvas

Loftiest Perch

46" x 34"

Oil On Canvas

Buy Now

Inquire
Just Before Dark  16" x 16"   Oil On Board

Just Before Dark

16" x 16" 

Oil On Board

Buy Now

Inquire
Broad Street Banter  40" x 30"  Oil On Canvas

Broad Street Banter

40" x 30"

Oil On Canvas

Buy Now

Inquire
Easton Point Dusk  12" x 12"  Oil On Board

Easton Point Dusk

12" x 12"

Oil On Board

Buy Now

End Of Day  24" x 36"  Oil On Canvas

End Of Day

24" x 36"

Oil On Canvas

Buy Now

Dusk From Horn Hill  11" x 14"  Oil On Board

Dusk From Horn Hill

11" x 14"

Oil On Board

Buy Now

Before Breakfast  12" x 12"  Oil On Board

Before Breakfast

12" x 12"

Oil On Board

Buy Now

Dredger On The Schuylkill  24" x 30"  Oil On Canvas

Dredger On The Schuylkill

24" x 30"

Oil On Canvas

Buy Now

Dogs In The Brandywine  24" x 30"  Oil On Canvas

Dogs In The Brandywine

24" x 30"

Oil On Canvas

Buy Now

COVID Corner  16" x 20"  Oil On Board

COVID Corner

16" x 20"

Oil On Board

Buy Now

Sledding With A View  24" x 36"  Oil On Canvas

Sledding With A View

24" x 36"

Oil On Canvas

Buy Now

Rittenhouse Snow  36" x 30"  Oil On Canvas

Rittenhouse Snow

36" x 30"

Oil On Canvas

Buy Now

Under The Elevated  30" x 24"  Oil On Canvas

Under The Elevated

30" x 24"

Oil On Canvas

Buy Now

City Hubbub  12" x 16"  Oil On Board

City Hubbub

12" x 16"

Oil On Board

Buy Now

Narberth Flags  10" x 10"  Oil On Board

Narberth Flags

10" x 10"

Oil On Board

Buy Now

Rittenhouse Hardware  24" x 24"  Oil On Canvas

Rittenhouse Hardware

24" x 24"

Oil On Canvas

Buy Now

Morning Rush Hour  24" x 24"  Oil On Canvas

Morning Rush Hour

24" x 24"

Oil On Canvas

Buy Now

Tea Time At Parc  11" x 14"  Oil On Board

Tea Time At Parc

11" x 14"

Oil On Board

Buy Now

Schools Out  24" x 24"  Oil On Canvas

Schools Out

24" x 24"

Oil On Canvas

Buy Now

Claudios  30" x 24"  Oil On Canvas

Claudios

30" x 24"

Oil On Canvas

Buy Now

Bridges On The Schuylkill  20" x 16"  Oil On Canvas

Bridges On The Schuylkill

20" x 16"

Oil On Canvas

Buy Now

Loftiest Perch  46" x 34"  Oil On Canvas

Loftiest Perch

46" x 34"

Oil On Canvas

Buy Now

Just Before Dark  16" x 16"   Oil On Board

Just Before Dark

16" x 16" 

Oil On Board

Buy Now

Broad Street Banter  40" x 30"  Oil On Canvas

Broad Street Banter

40" x 30"

Oil On Canvas

Buy Now

"When there is no sun, I have always sought the silver lining, or the bright spot hidden in a bank of clouds."

- Elaine Lisle

Tea Time At Parc  11" x 14"  Oil On Board

Tea Time At Parc, 11" x 14", Oil On Board

I have been painting throughout my entire life, professionally since 1994. I studied at the University of Pennsylvania where I was greatly influenced by the work of Neil Welliver who was the Fine Arts Dept head at the time. I was mesmerized by the way he took an intricate landscape and broke it down into shapes of color. I went on to study painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where I continued to focus on capturing the urban landscape. I wanted to follow in the footsteps of Hopper, Sloan and Bellows of the Ashcan School and have spent many years painting Philadelphia neighborhoods. Additionally, I have found the Schuylkill river to be a huge source of inspiration.

 

While I presently live and work in the Philadelphia area, my travels continue to give me much inspiration. I’ve enjoyed painting in France and Ireland, and having grown up in New England am partial to the woods and fall colors as well as the Maine landscape. More recently, I have discovered the mid-Atlantic seascapes of the eastern shore. Producing art is a journey in itself, as I never know when I begin a painting where it will take me.

Rittenhouse Hardware, 24" x 24" Elaine Lisle

Rittenhouse Hardware, 24" x 24", Oil On Canvas 

My paintings express the feeling of awe that I have when encountering a landscape, and it is exciting for me to take an ordinary scene and make it extraordinary. I love the long shadows of a late afternoon and I enjoy creating complex compositions where the viewer has much to contemplate.

 

My work is more likely to be joyous, energetic and vibrant vs. gentle or brooding. I work only in oil and my palette tends to feature bright warm colors and high contrast. When I create a composition, I look for the surprise; whether it be a statement made by a lone figure, a spot of orange found in an otherwise green wood, or the unusual lavender reflection found on a river at dusk.

 

I love painting en plein air (outdoors from life), as well as completing larger works in the studio from on-site studies, reference sketches, and photographs. With commissioned works I generally complete more than one on-site sketch and often use reference photographs as well.

 

Under The Elevated, 30 x 24, Elaine Lisle

Under The Elevated, 30"x 24",  Oil On Canvas

Rittenhouse Snow, Elaine Lisle, Oil On Canvas

Rittenhouse Snow, 30" x 36", Oil On Canvas

View External Link

Elaine Lisle's Urban Landscapes

by Nancy Bea Miller

For many years, the urban landscape paintings of Elaine Moynihan Lisle (b. 1954) have gloried unabashedly in bright summer days. Using bold colors and lively brushwork, the artist has infused energy into her world of flowerbeds and leafy trees contrasting with red bricks, colorful awnings, and the pure blue skies soaring above them. “It has been hard for me to paint a rainy or cloudy day,” Lisle explains. “When there is no sun, I have always sought the silver lining, or the bright spot hidden in a bank of clouds.”

Lately, however, Lisle has been focusing on other seasons and times of day. Her family weathered two tragedies in the past year: her mother lost a difficult battle with ALS, and then a beloved sister-in-law died at a relatively young age. These experiences have inevitably influenced Lisle and her art...

Video

Elaine Lisle, What It Means To Be An Artist

2016

by John Thornton

On September 9th, 2016, I attended Elaine Lisle’s art opening at the Gross McCleaf Gallery. Her show, “Fall in Philadelphia”, will dazzle your eye and warm your heart.