Born in Boston, MA in 1965, Elise has lived in many cities in the U.S. as well as Quebec and France. After graduating from Skidmore College with a degree in Fine Arts, she moved to Paris where her formation in graphic design began. Returning to the States after three years, she eventually made her home in New York in 1992. Two years later, she left the design industry and returned to fine arts by attending the Lacoste School of the Arts in Provence where she eventually worked and met her husband.
Moving frequently had an impact on her artwork. She is a collector of discarded and second hand materials such as vintage sewing patterns or flotsam which dictate the direction and medium of each series. More recently, a collector of 1960’s snapshots, cut fragments become photo-collages and studies for drawings and large scale paintings. 
Elise is a mother, artist and an anaplastologist. She lives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn with her husband and son.