Sylvia Kristina Elliott was born in Germany, grew up in Toronto and for the past eighteen years has lived by the shores of Lake Huron near Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula. At midlife she was able to realize her cherished desire to study fine art which she did at York University (Toronto).
Sylvia’s artwork is included in collections in many countries and she has won several awards. In the last few years her work has been exhibited at the BPSA Co-op Gallery (Ferndale), Circle Arts Gallery (Tobermory), Owen Sound Artist’s Co-op Gallery (Owen Sound), Durham Art Gallery (Durham) and Double Door Studios and Gallery (Anten Mills). Sylvia has organized and curated art shows for Sources of Knowledge at the Parks Canada Visitor Centre in Tobermory. She is a member of the Bruce Peninsula Society of Artists and Co-op Gallery, and the Milkweed Collective (Toronto).
I am currently working and playing with mixed media collage with the addition of either cold wax or encaustic. During the process of recombining materials, I make decisions based on colour, shape, flow and welcome the contribution that ‘serendipity’ plays in the outcome. The layering allows me to simultaneously reveal and conceal and ultimately bring cohesion to disparate parts, creating a new whole – in a sometimes surprising, sometimes challenging, sometimes beautiful way.