C J Elsip

C J E.

Duvall, WA

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Combining versatile, inspirational and intuitive approach with an extensive variety of effective techniques, CJ encourages you to stretch the boundaries of creative media and mind to discover, explore and develop your own personal creative language.
You will learn about shape, form, light & shadow, color, tonal value, composition and much more - at your own pace, with careful consideration and understanding of your personal needs and creative goals.
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C J delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+ and special needs

Teaching since:

C J Elsip is an internationally emerging Fine Artist with a uniquely distinctive style of work. Her highly intuitive use of colour and form resonates on the canvas, creating powerful, vibrant oil paintings which emanate with an exquisite sense of light, depth and dramatic presence.

Welcoming students of all ages and abilities, the artist combines a versatile, inspirational and intuitive approach with an extensive variety of effective drawing and painting techniques, encouraging you to stretch the boundaries of both creative medium and mind to discover, explore and develop your own personal, creative language.

Through hands on demonstration and individual guidance, discover time-honored, traditional and experimental drawing and painting techniques as you are guided on a fascinating creative journey of light, color, composition and depth.

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Fine Artist
Sep 1995 - Present
C J Elsip Fine Art


BA Hons Fine Art
Sep 1991 - Jun 1996
Leeds University
Art & Design BTEC Dip
Sep 1989 - Jul 1990
Huddersfield Technical College


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

C J Elsip demonstrates oil painting

Seascape Painting

"Cherry Creek Falls"
Original oil on canvas

Steampunk Drawing

Landscape painting

Landscape Painting

Experimental and Abstract painting

Landscape Painting

Drawing practice


8 Reviews

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Lily, E. Aug 5, 2018
Painting · In studio

CJ was great! She was very patient with my granddaughters, and really gave them a wonderful lesson. Their completed artwork was fantastic! I would highly recommend CJ as a very talented artist and excellent teacher.

Phil E. Jan 22, 2018
Drawing · In studio

Even in the first hour-long lesson, CJ was able to show me basic drawing techniques that will be really helpful as I continue to work on my skills. She was helpful and friendly and we had a great time!

Sharon W. Sep 12, 2017
Acrylic Painting · Online

It is hard to get a lot out of a lesson doing it remotely. And in one hour! She was wonderful but I think I would like to try lessons either in a group setting or individual face to face. That way she could help me correct mistakes as I go.

David Whitney, Sr. Aug 31, 2017
Drawing · In home

1st session went very well and provided a solid plan.

Chareeta S. Aug 7, 2017
Painting · Online

Cassandra A. Apr 2, 2017
Oil Painting · In home

C.J. Has so much to teach and knows how to step back and let someone learn and do. I perfectly enjoyed this lesson!

michael c medler Jan 16, 2017
Oil Painting · In home

Carol has really helped me broaden my painting horizons, not just through learning new techniques, but also in just viewing art. I can now look at a painting in a gallery, know how it was created, and create something of my own based on what I see. She taught me so much in just a short time and has continued to be supportive of my work. Carol is truly a world-class instructor and artist.

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John Jan 14, 2017
Painting · In studio

I've been a hobby painter for years, not knowing what the actual methods were to paint. It was fun, but I wanted to learn some "real" techniques to take my painting to the next level. After viewing CJ's work, I was interested in what she could teach me. After the first lesson I was painting WAY BEYOND anything I had ever painted before. With some simple tools, tricks, and methods - I had a whole new set of skills to apply right away. Carol is extremely patient, and is always encouraging. Even with I thought what I wasn't doing, she pointed out moments and sections that I should repeat and do more of. In the end, my new creations were amazing, and I would recommend CJ to anybody wanting to take their painting to the next step on the masters path. She's the real deal. 7 out of 5 stars for this master instructor.

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