It all started with drawing the Sunday comics as a child.

My name is Elsie Chiu, a self-taught abstract artist working primarily with acrylics on canvas. My love for art started at an early age. From as far back as I can remember, I’ve always had a passion for drawing and painting. My favourite pastime as a child was drawing the “Sunday Comics” which brought me great joy.

This year (2016) I followed my heart and took a leap of faith by leaving my corporate job to pursue my passion for painting full-time. Painting exhilarates and grounds me at the same time. It allows me to connect with a deeper part of me, giving a voice to my emotions. 

My experiences fuel my creativity.  My inspiration and influences come from the world around me. It comes from everything I feel, see, and hear. I am inspired by the sound of children's laughter, the beauty of rain falling against a window pane or the colours and flow of graffiti on the side of a building.

When I paint, I am drawn toward undefined “accidental” brush strokes and bold splashes of paint. I combine these with layers of paint creating thick textures with organic flow giving my paintings energy and a voice.

I will be exhibiting my paintings at the Entertainment District Art Crawl on July 8, 2016. I invite you to come see my work and experience what I feel.