Elizabeth R. Whelan

Elizabeth R. Whelan is a UK-born artist and portrait painter. She grew up in Canada and completed her education in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since then, the Chesapeake Bay and New England coastlines have been her home.

For many years Elizabeth Whelan lived aboard a Bristol sailboat and she feels a particular connection with maritime life. She currently works from a studio on Chappaquiddick Island, off the larger island of Martha's Vineyard.

Her award-winning fine art paintings and portraits are rendered in oil on canvas.

Whelan's observation of detail carries over into her landscapes and still life paintings with marine, agricultural, and botanical themes. Her background in illustration helps her identify compositions with strong design and interesting subject matter. A classic palette and realistic details help to bring the subject to life, while the painting as a whole maintains a contemporary feel.

And she takes on those same interests in her printmaking. Whelan's early art career included working in screenprint and she has maintained her interest in all methods of printmaking ever since, with an emphasis on lino and woodcut printmaking. Each original hand-pulled print is numbered and part of a limited edition.

Elizabeth R. Whelan supports the local art and artisan communities with an interest in preserving heritage and mastery. She espouses creativity, self-reliance, compassion and curiosity.

Member: Portrait Society of America (Patron), Salmagundi Club