Embarking on her artistic journey in her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, Elise Remender discovered her passion for visual storytelling early on. Her commitment to this passion led her to pursue a degree in illustration and animation at the renowned Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. In her contemporary figurative paintings, Remender skillfully captures the romantic glamour of a bygone era. Drawing inspiration from fantasy, mid-century fashion, and the allure of travel and coastal living, her artworks feature soft brush strokes and abstracted beauties that evoke the nostalgia of vintage advertisements and the gentle touch of dusted sunlight.
Growing up in Phoenix, Arizona Remender recalls “Everyone had a pool and I was drawn to the interplay between the reflected light and turquoise color of the water.” The dreamlike quality of shimmering turquoise pools inspired the artist to imagine a fantasy world of timeless beauty and the liberation of endless summer light. Remender has traveled all over the world gaining inspiration for her work. Her most recent series, Bathing Beauties, which captures the human form and abstracts it through light and reflection, was inspired by the vintage elegance and history of Southeast Asia’s historic hotel pools and gardens. It evokes a bygone era when Ernest Hemingway and Jackie O. were among the clientele.
Remender’s work has appeared in galleries in the US and Asia, and in GQ Magazine, Architectural Digest, Dwell, California Home, People, and many other publications. Her paintings hang in luxury properties including The Ritz Carlton San Francisco, The Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas, and Hilton properties across the United States, as well as in the homes of celebrity collectors including Ryan Seacrest and Kylie Jenner.