Born into an artistic and musical family, Elsie was encouraged to both sing and paint. It was recognized early that she had a singular interest in art and was encouraged to pursue it.
Elsie took her nurses training and became a registered nurse. She moved to the small rural town of Didsbury where she nursed, studied art, married and raised her three children. Elsie began teaching art in 1976, and teaches to this day.
Today, Elsie continues her pursuit of excellence by studying art from some of the best teachers, and by constantly experimenting with new products. Teaching encourages her to keep abreast of new techniques.