During her childhood, Elisabeth Schalij spent many hours on the family farm in the National Forest in the eastern part of the Netherlands. There she acquired an initial awareness and sensitivity to the beauty of nature. A major influence of her fairytale-like interpretation of trees and animals was the original 19th century story of “Peter Pan”, written by Richard Berry and illustrated by Arthur Rackam.
After early years of artistic self-training in Holland, she emigrated to the United States. While living in New York City, her evolving artistic aspirations inspired her to seek formal training at the Arts Students League, Pratt Institute, and New School for Social Research.
Lifelong affinity to nature continues to influence the growth and range of her artistic talent. Recent camping excursions in East Texas, Big Bend and mountainous New Mexico inspired the dream-like abstract renditions in her current prints and paintings, presented in her recent “Lasting Impressions” exhibit.
Her art has been shown in juried group shows and solo exhibits in The Netherlands, France, New York and Dallas. Her work is in private collections in the USA, England, The Netherlands and Italy.