Her book Dogs of the South was selected as one of the top six entries for the Teatrio International Children’s Book Annual and international traveling exhibition. She is the illustrator of the book Mama’s Going to Heaven Soon (Augsburg Fortress 2005) which is now in it’s second printing and has been nominated for several children’s book awards. Elissa's fresh, lively work has been featured on many Hallmark Cards, and in Chesapeake Family Magazine, Hallmark Magazine, Word Up Annapolis Magazine, Cricket Magazine and Names and Numbers publications. Her other freelance projects have included custom invitations and announcements, custom nursery decor, and logo design. The cover she illustrated for Chesapeake Family Magazine (June 2005) received the Gold award from the Parenting Publications of America for Original Illustration. She has been the featured artist at the Illinois Art Week Art Walk, and has displayed work in group and solo exhibitions. Currently she is keeping busy with her ETSY shop and work for Pink Light Design.
Elissa loves design, illustration, and hand lettering. She plans to continue creating work that brings smiles and happy thoughts to her viewers throughout the lifetime of many ink pens!
When asked about the top 5 things that make Elissa happiest, she replied:
1. Time with my wonderful family and friends
2. Starbucks Iced Vanilla Lattes
3. Dark Chocolate
4. My 'job' that I LOVE- (that doesn't feel like a 'job'!)
5. Traveling and researching trends and new styling directions
Big thanks to Elissa for joining the Pink Light team! Here's to much success on seeing her designs on more fabulous products! Here are a few of her unique and beautiful designs, available through Pink Light.