Formerly from Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, Elise Bond has been a resident of Cape May County, New Jersey for 20 years. Elise majored in Fine Art at the University of Denver, and has been a working artist for over 20 years. In the early 2000’s, she was the owner of a successful mural company and is now a full time artist showing her work on both the East and West Coast. For the last two years she has been focused on painting various Women in the Arts. She has painted over 50 female artists from actors to singers, fine artists to dancers. In an effort to bridge the past with the present, she paints the women in only Sepia tones but fills the surroundings with rich color. Elise spends hours researching her subjects. She has written bios on the women, in the hopes that people will be left with a greater understanding of the obstacles that were faced and still remain.
“In my art history classes, the absence of female artists was blaringly evident. Women remain dramatically underrepresented in the art world. The objective is to raise awareness about the artistic achievements of women in all of the arts. The process has been a very personal journey, for me, as I have studied cause and effect. Going as far back as the 1920’s, I have learned a great deal about the struggles and triumphs these women have faced. They broke down gender, race and religious barriers, to pursue their dreams. There is a little bit of each of their stories that resonates with me, as a female artist. I feel that woman are beginning to emerge and grow and I am here to celebrate that.”