Elaine Shortall

Elaine Shortall

Drawing, Pastel Painting


Maryland Pastel Society
Academy Art Museum
Dorchester Arts Center


Farmhouse Studio

Artist Statement

Born in Baltimore, Maryland during a blizzard in 1955, Elaine had a “patchwork art education” over the years, also marrying and raising a family. To make a long story short, Elaine is now in her second marriage and lives on a 225-acre farm, where there are endless things to inspire her work thoughout the day and throughout the seasons. She has been attending the Academy Art Museum for the past 7 years, diligently studying pastel painting under the tutelage of Katie Cassidy, after first trying painting in oils with Diane Mullaly and with Matthew Hillier. Elaine also loves to work in simple graphite pencil and has filled many sketch books with small works in their own right. This is what she intends to do for the foreseeable future.

Artist Biography

Born in Baltimore, Maryland in the winter of 1955, Elaine moved around the country with her first husband, a military man. They had 3 children together; a boy and 2 girls, but lost the boy after a long illness. She took classes where and when she could, then moving on to more formal training at the Baltimore School of Commercial Art, Anne Arundel Community College, and the Lyme Academy in Old Lyme Connecticut. She has lived on the Eastern Shore for 30 years now, 20 of them on a 225-acre working farm with her 2nd husband. From dawn until dusk and from spring through winter, Elaine has yet to run out of subjects to turn into art; from pencil sketches to different and interesting, landscapes, still lifes, florals and animals and, she doubts that she ever will. She continues to study at the Academy Art Museum in Easton.

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