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The Portrait Art Portfolio of Judith Elsasser

A painting of two women embracingPassionate Heart: Suzette Sherman and Michele Green, oil on canvas

Judith Elsasser is an oil painter who specializes in detailed, photo-realistic portraits. In her artistic practice the artist skillfully captures the faces and expressions of her subjects, as well as objects and spaces that are important to them.

A painting of three women sitting on a dockSummer Days, oil on canvas


I’m impressed by Judith’s ability to capture not only faces, but a sense of movement and life in her portraits. Even in paintings that focus only on a bust, the artist’s use of lighting and volume lends energy and expression to the subject. Judith is also adept at capturing full body poses -- in her gallery of figurative paintings she showcases several works where the subjects are captured in the middle of a dance.

A screen capture of Judith Elsasser's art portfolio websiteThe front page of Judith's art portfolio website


I also appreciate Judith’s recent series of drawings -- these portraits are a little more pared-down and subdued than the artist’s usual style, but they offer an interesting perspective on the artist’s practice and process. That same sense of energy is still present in these, while the white space of the paper allows for a pure focus on the subject’s features.

A portrait drawn in conte on watercolour paperPortrait 1, conte on watercolour paper

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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