Elise Ritter

Websites: www.eliserittergallery.com http://elise-ritter.pixels.com

Elise Ritter is an award-winning watercolor, acrylic and collage artist. She is a juried member of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists and the Arlington Artists Alliance. Her artwork is in several galleries in the Washington DC area, and in Kerikeri, New Zealand. Paintings by Elise have been published in books and magazines in England, Portugal, Belgium, Canada, and the US. Her work has been accepted into the statewide Virginia Watercolor Society shows, and she was also accepted into an annual ‘Best Virginia Artists’ exhibition.

Elise’s exploration as a painter began in 2003, following a 20-year career in publishing, primarily at Time-Life Books, and a 10-year second career in clinical social work. Since becoming a painter, she has received more than 15 awards– as well as having three solo shows and five duo or group exhibitions. Her artwork is in private collections in Germany, England, China, New Zealand, Canada, Puerto Rico, and throughout the US.

From Curator Margaret Hancock, of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: ‘Elise Ritter captures landscapes with fluidity, paying special attention to light, atmosphere, and reflection…Just as it did for Claude Monet, the artist’s experience with paint and light form a starting point for more abstract works.’