Washes
Washes
Turquoise Road V
Turquoise Road V
Turquoise Road IV
Turquoise Road IV
Turquoise Road III
Turquoise Road III
Turquoise Road II
Turquoise Road II
The Long Road IV
The Long Road IV
The Long Road
The Long Road
Tate III
Tate III
Tate II
Tate II
Tate I
Tate I
Sunrise Series III
Sunrise Series III
Sunrise Series II
Sunrise Series II
Sunrise Series I
Sunrise Series I
Spirit Totem III -- 4
Spirit Totem III -- 4"
Spirit Totem II
Spirit Totem II
Spirit Time VIII 4
Spirit Time VIII 4"x 60"
Spirit IV   5
Spirit IV 5"x60"
Spa Totem Series I - 17
Spa Totem Series I - 17
Sky Totem VI
Sky Totem VI
Sky Totem V
Sky Totem V
Sky Totem II
Sky Totem II
Sky Totem I
Sky Totem I
Sedona Nights
Sedona Nights
Sedona Nights
Sedona Nights
Santa Catalina Joy I
Santa Catalina Joy I
Santa Catalina III
Santa Catalina III
Reveal Series IV
Reveal Series IV
Restful Series III
Restful Series III
Restful Series II
Restful Series II
Restful Series I
Restful Series I
Restful Series
Restful Series
Renewal Series III
Renewal Series III
Renewal Series II
Renewal Series II
Renewal Series I
Renewal Series I
New Day VI
New Day VI
New Day V
New Day V
New Day I
New Day I
New Day
New Day
Miraval Full Moon II
Miraval Full Moon II
Miraval Full Moon I
Miraval Full Moon I
Mindful Living Series II
Mindful Living Series II
Mindful Living Series I
Mindful Living Series I
Mindful Living III
Mindful Living III
Melange XX
Melange XX
Melange XVI
Melange XVI
Melange XIV
Melange XIV
Melange XIII
Melange XIII
Melange XII
Melange XII
Melange XI
Melange XI
Melange VIII
Melange VIII
Melange VII
Melange VII
Melange V
Melange V
Melange IXX
Melange IXX
Melange IX
Melange IX
Melange II
Melange II
Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #92
Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #92
Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #67
Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #67
Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #64
Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #64
Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #63
Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #63
Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #53
Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #53
Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #42
Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #42
Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #40
Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #40
Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #36
Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #36
Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #27
Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #27
Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #16
Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #16
Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #15
Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #15
Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #14
Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #14
Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #12
Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #12
Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #1
Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #1
Little Gem
Little Gem
Little Gem
Little Gem
Desert Mindfulness
Desert Mindfulness
Desert Living
Desert Living
Crosby III
Crosby III
Crosby II
Crosby II
Crosby I
Crosby I
Connections XX
Connections XX
Connections VIII
Connections VIII
Connections VII
Connections VII
Connections VI
Connections VI
Connections V
Connections V
Connections IV
Connections IV
Connections III
Connections III
Connections II
Connections II
Connections I
Connections I
Agave Path Series III
Agave Path Series III
Agave Path Series II
Agave Path Series II
Agave Path Series I
Agave Path Series I


It's not about the usual, it's about the unusual. A unique medium, a chemistry on metal, a vibrant and explosive combination of passion, energy, light, color and moments a process set to the music of imagination.  Mike Elsass became a painter after a career and a dream to have time to dedicate to writing. Though mostly self-taught, Mike acknowledges Roger Sayre as his mentor. Sayre, a nationally renowned steel artist, showed Mike the possibilities of steel as a surface for acrylic and urged him to experiment with it. Elsass explores the medium by sanding and rusting sheets of metal in search of new and different textures, then applies multiple layers of paint, shiny or opaque finishes.



In the aging of the metals and its imperfections, Mike sees a mirror of the human condition. The fast drying quality of the acrylics allows Mike to work with motivation and speed on several pieces at a time, expressing, as in a musical crescendo, his spontaneity and deep passion for life. Elsass is an en plein air artist who stops his wandering whenever the energy of a place attracts him, trying to absorb and then reinvent it. He is dedicated to landscapes that reflect the moment of the soul; his paintings have emotional and visual connections with places of choice and memories beyond the present.



Mike visits and revisits the same sites time and time again; each place is seen with different eyes in a spiritual search we've been invited to share. A series is then born; paintings of similar sizes can be put together to create a chromatic experience of personal emotions. Elsass expresses his awe for natural elements through color, with a spontaneity and joyfulness that are the main traits of his work. In his paintings, a memory of the horizon persists as a last thought before space dissolves. A luminous universe opens in front of us, the changing effects reached by lighter and darker colors; by contrasting yellows and blues, reds and whites and other color combinations. Elsass achieves a tri-dimensional effect in the tradition of chiaroscuro.



Sun, sea, salts, and sand are as much a part of his technique as the paint. The light appears to us as an invisible energy permeating the essence of things. The paintings are no longer representations of sites; they become light, while matter and form gradually fade away. As his strokes become more determined and poignant, and the hues more subtle and complex, the transparency of the light is an indication toward a deeper pictorial ability and a continuous progression to greater artistic maturity. Offered to arrange his multiple pieces ad libitum, we become a participant and not mere spectator, and through this more intimate connection we experience his enthusiasm of the artist and his joy of painting.