Heron Hideaway original pastel painting by Asheville artist Elise Okrend

LH008: Elise Okrend – Pastel Landscapes Inspiring Serenity

Asheville Artist Elise Okrend painting a pastel landscape
Elise Okrend painting with pastels

Elise Okrend is an Asheville artist with a clear intention for her paintings:ย  she wants to inspire a sense of healing, peace, and serenity for the viewer of her pastel landscapes.

Elise works out of a shared studio/gallery space in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC at Wedge Studios, 129 Lyman Street.ย  In this interview, you will hear Elise talk about how and why she is receptive to visitors to her studio, not just during the formal Studio Strolls, but also on her regular working days.

Elise Okrend Asheville Pastel Artist
Elise Okrend in her studio, Wedge Studios, River Arts District, Asheville, NC

To Connect with Elise and see more ofย  her work:

Highlights of this interview include

  • examples of how Elise’s work has impacted people visiting her studio, and, in turn, what it feels like for Elise as she witnesses the powerful effect her work has upon others
  • how “happy accidents” resulted in two creative collaborations with her husband, Phil Okrend: their own greeting card company, Mixed Blessing, and their book Messages to the Heart
  • how Messages to the Heart, (combining her paintings, his words) does its own work in the world
  • an in-depth look at how Elise and Phil Okrend started and continue to manage their greeting card business, offering interfaith, multicultural holiday greeting cards which Elise designs
  • how building the greeting card company actually allowed Elise to leave her job at an advertising agency and gave Elise and Phil an independent income

Messages to the Heart by Elise and Phil Okrend

The book is available in Asheville at Elise’s studio, Kress Emporium, Malaprops, Mountain Made, the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center and in Black Mountain at Chifferobe Home and Garden.

Messages to the Heart by Elise and Phil Okrend

Links mentioned during the interview:

Pastel Paintings by Elise Okrend:

Heron Hideaway original pastel painting by Asheville artist Elise Okrend
“Heron Hideaway” 20 x 24″ original pastel painting by Elise Okrend
"Mountain Light, original pastel painting by Asheville artist Elise Okrend
“Mountain Light,” 28 x 22″ original pastel painting by Elise Okrend

 

Asheville artist Elise Okrend pastel painting "Mountain Mist"
“Mountain Mist” 28 x 22″ original pastel painting by Elise Okrend

 

"Outside my Window" 20 x 16" original pastel painting by Elise Okrend, available framed for $450, contact Elise at elise@eliseokrend.com or call her at 919-621-1579
“Outside my Window” 20 x 16″ original pastel painting by Elise Okrend

 

Asheville artist Elise Okrend pastel painting "Reflection"
“Reflection” 10 x 14″ original pastel painting by Elise Okrend
Asheville Artist Elise Okrend pastel painting "Rooted"
“Rooted” 28 x 28″ original pastel painting by Elise Okrend

 

Examples of Greeting Cards from MixedBlessing.com

 

 

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7 thoughts on “LH008: Elise Okrend – Pastel Landscapes Inspiring Serenity

    • Thank you, Carol! You are a quick listener and commenter ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, Elise’s work is beautiful, isn’t it?! Happy Holidays to you, too…

  1. Loved this show! Elise’s work is all she seeks, inspiring, healing, calming. Especially loved learning about the book and Mixed Blessing greeting card company. Well done!

    • So glad you liked it, Sharon! And that you got it ๐Ÿ™‚ I so appreciate your listening…

  2. This podcast inspired me to go visit, Elise, and I’m so glad I did.
    What an artist! And what a nice person.

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