If you could step into one of Eli Halpin’s nature paintings, you’d be stepping into an important part of her life. Eli (short for Elizabeth) grew up in Alaska, and a little bit of the 20 years she spent there ends up in nearly everything she paints.
Eli is a rare artist whose work appeals to an especially wide market, including parents looking for art for a baby’s wall, teens wanting canvas wall art for a dorm room, and dedicated art collectors looking for a dramatic statement piece of oversized wall art. How does one artist appeal to so many people? Her secret has to do with her view of nature, a view that embraces both the wild and the tame.
For instance, here’s what she says about her own dog, Cashius: When asked to complete the sentence “I really shouldn’t, but…” she responds: “I really shouldn’t squeeze my dog’s cheeks one more time but I’m going to do it anyway.” Cute and cuddly, right? Yes, but consider that Cashius is a 110-pound Rottweiler who eats raw meat. Now you get an idea of the extreme views of nature Halpin incorporates into her work.
“I grew up fly-fishing in the woods with bears that could eat you and eagles that could take little babies away—lots of danger, just being in the woods and around the river, with moose walking in the front yard—everything could kill you there,” she says. That view of nature is evident in works like Four Wolves Howling and The Chase.
On the other hand, Eli says, she does have “a lot of more innocent paintings,” pieces like Deer Love and Bunnies in the Woods, which contain the insight of an artist who learned to coexist with wild animals, reflected in their gentle eyes.
While these extremes seem like two different worlds, to the artist they are part of a whole, just like Cashius. “It’s all the same idea,” she says. “I like to paint about animals eating together, living together, working together—cheeks, paws, whiskers, and claws. I don’t see them as being separate, but they definitely have different places as far as the art market.”
At Green Box, Oopsy Daisy, and Wheatpaste, Eli Halpin’s work is available in a number of creative ways: on stretched canvas, as a poster or wall decal, as a growth chart, pillow, lamp or night light. (Her originals are painted on hollow-core wood doors, each of which is certified as coming from a responsibly managed forest.) This wide selection of venues for displaying her art, as well as the wide selection of art pieces available (we have over 110 to choose from), means that art lovers of every age and personal style can own a piece of Eli Halpin art.
And there’s always more art to come from Eli Halpin:
“I get inspiration from everywhere,” she says, “and I feel like there’s an infinite amount of inspiration—there’s so many ideas of things to paint that I could never paint them all.”
So keep checking back with Green Box, Oopsy Daisy, and Wheatpaste to see what Eli Halpin and her boundless imagination will create next.
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