Community Artists

Support other artists in the Elida Art Studio community,

and maybe be featured yourself!  

Stephanie Rauch, Art~Women~Wine Artist

I’m a wife and mother of two girls from Vancouver, WA. My love for art began as a child with pencil and charcoal drawings and progressed as I watched my grandma teach herself to paint. I started painting steadily with acrylics in 2013. After spending much of my adult life exploring several different creative career fields including interior decorating, I ultimately found joy with painting. In my current paintings I use acrylics applied to canvas with a combination of brush and palette knife. I love using a palette knife in my paintings because it forces me out of my comfort zone. My nature is to get caught up in the details, but when I use a palette knife I feel liberated to let go a bit. I also love the different textures I can add to a painting with this method. I’m currently working on a horse study where I am painting horses in various positions and playing a bit with some unexpected colors.

James Rodgriguez, Art~Women~Wine Artist

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For the past 20 plus years I have been breaking free from the rut my life had become and finding different and better ways to express myself through music, poetry, especially haiku, and, since February 2017, now art. I took a workshop with Elida and painted a flower on my first visit and have been progressing ever since.

Art has become another avenue for me to express myself and share something positive with family and friends.

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Elsa Harris, Art Instructor

Elsa Harris is a visual artist exploring how to commemorate and awaken meaningful connection between humans and the natural world. She explores these topics through symbolic imagery painting, collage, printmaking and mixed media. Interested in themes such as femininity and nature, dispelling the belief of nature as “other”, and reviving the sense of sacred in the natural world and each other, Elsa conveys mystery, holiness and the beauty and power of the feminine soul in each piece. Her work is an expression of and a means to bringing about justice for the environment and the beings who exist in it. ​


Melanie Rodd, Art~Women~Wine Member

Melanie Rodd produces art in many mediums, from three-dimensional works in sculpture, mosaics, glass and metal to her current focus in pastels and acrylic painting. She uses vibrant, rich colors to depict her subjects which evoke a dream-like, larger-than-life experience. Recently, she finished a tryptic for an elementary school that is thought-provoking, inspirational, and visually beautiful. All three compositions show the silhouettes of children against an evening sky and each part has its own educational focus of reading, scientific observation, and music. ​

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Nancy Carkin, Art~Women~Wine Member

Nancy grew up in a creative family, her dad was an architect and her mom enjoyed crafts and gardening. It certainly rubbed off on Nancy. She earned a degree in Interior Architecture, the field she worked in for over 40 years. She has always enjoyed being artful. She raised two girls and now she has two granddaughters who give her many excuses to create. Now in retirement, she has time to pursue numerous artistic outlets. As an artist she mainly works with acrylics, but enjoys different mediums as well; oil, watercolor, pastels and others. You will also find her in the kitchen doing "her art" cookies and cakes or in the yard with plants and flowers. She loves sharing her creations with family, friends and others. 

If you are interested in Nancy's work, her contact information is below. Giclee prints in custom sizes available. 

Instagram: @CarkinCreations                                 email: