Name Change and Neat New Places to Find My Art

I’m changing my name! My original name was Elisa Shigehiro, and that’s what I’m reverting to. This name better represents my art, my background, and me! I’m also returning to posting art on a regular schedule! I took a break after completing my first solo show, Not So Far Away, early this March, but I’m refreshed and ready to continue sharing what I’m working on. If you follow me already, you don’t have to do anything, and you’ll find my handles have simply changed. If you DON’T already follow me, find me on Instagram at @elisa.shigehiro, Facebook at Elisa Shigehiro Art, Twitter at @elisashigehiro… you get it. <3

NEW PLACES TO FIND MY STUFF: I have paintings consigned and hanging at Ghost Town Tattoo in lovely piercer Jen Hill’s studio space! Jen is also the proud new owner of Goldfish Over Okotoks, one of the series of ten paintings from Not So Far Away. I’m making more pieces to include in the series, so stay tuned for progress pics on those! Huge thank you to Jen for liking my stuff and hanging it in her space!

ADDITIONAL NEW PLACES TO FIND MY STUFF: My day job is at Rhoda’s Elegance in Okotoks, and the owner is giving me space to hang my work on consignment there! You’ll find new pieces by me there shortly, and I’ll be posting updates of course <3


Manta Rays and Train at Fish Creek Park, finished

Manta Rays and Train at Fish Creek Park, acrylic, 48 x 60", finished.

This is the tenth and final painting for my upcoming show titled Not So Far Away, opening Saturday March 2 2019 from 1-3 PM at the Okotoks Art Gallery. The show is available for viewing until April 18 2019.

Thanks so much to the @okotoksartscouncil for sponsoring this project.

I am so proud and excited for this show and I hope to see many of you there ♥️

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Birthday Group Sketch

Got together with three of my favorite artists and friends to do a little group sketch over coffee. The octopus is by me, the mermaid is by Christi Tims, the unicorn is by Robin Thibodeau,and Light Fury is by Ashley Gaboury. Thank you so much for sketching with me today, ladies!

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#DrawDaily #1000: Fangtooth Over Haybales, Work in Progress, and the end of #DrawDaily

#DrawDaily #1000: Fangtooth Over Hay Bales, work in progress. Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48".

Hi Everyone! 
Today is my 1000th day in a row of making new art every day. My goal was to ramp up my improvement as quickly as possible. I'm very proud to say that I have gone from small sketches and doodles to having my Not So Far Away mixed media show selected by the Okotoks Art Gallery for their 2019 schedule! I will have my show at the Gallery from March 2 to April 23 2019, and I sincerely hope to see you all at the opening party on March 2nd. 
On the flip side, during the past year and a half, I have developed carpal tunnel and tennis elbow, and it's been slowly getting worse. I'm going to take a little art break over the winter. I will continue to post art, it just won't be daily, and sometimes it won't even be weekly. 
Thank you all for following along, commenting, and supporting me as I work on my craft. It means more to me than I could ever say.

See you soon! <3, - Elisa

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#DrawDaily #993: Barn Owl, finished

#DrawDaily #993: Barn Owl, finished! This owl is part of my set of four Birds of Prey (all of the subjects of these paintings are from the Coaldale Birds of Prey rescue centre). The original paintings are 16 x 20", mixed media on canvas, and are $500 each. I also will have 12 x 16" prints of these paintings for $15! Please note that the Short Eared Owl is already gone :) Email me at if you are interested in either option. Thanks!  

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