Elise was born the youngest of six children in Woodbridge Virginia, 1968. As an "Army brat" she enjoyed much travel and had the opportunity to live in several places and experience different cultures. Since childhood she has enjoyed working with her hands to create things and so , after graduating from Central High School in Manchester, NH, was thrilled to attend the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI.
After graduating from Risd in 1990 and receiving a BFA in Jewelry and Light Metals, she worked a couple of years for other designers. During that time she honed her metal skills, developed her unique jewelry line and started a business selling her designs around the US. Between 1993 and 2005 she co-owned EAM Gallery in Portsmouth, NH a store featuring her jewelry as well as other great designers. Currently she has a studio at the Button Factory, in Portsmouth, NH and continues to offer her work at fine galleries and stores around the country as well as through her website.
I am most inspired by nature’s perfect design. Since 1993, I have explored translating the complex and balanced forms that I see in nature, into small metal sculptures to be worn and to adorn. It is one of my favorite challenges...to see a beautiful flower or branch, etc. and to figure out how to recreate it in silver and gold. The results are whimsical, delicate pieces that, I hope, imbue a classic elegance that will flatter those who wear them.