Born and raised in scenic North Wales, Elysia Gilman is an artist who primarily works in oil paint to create vivid portraits, dynamic sporting and street scenes and other figurative work. She is inspired by the impressionists, using confident brushstrokes and expressive marks to create pieces which encapsulate a moment in time. She enjoys sketching from life and has had her artwork featured on Sky TV, ITV Wales and BBC News, as well as a piece displayed on a digital billboard in Times Square, New York.
By the age of 17, Elysia had won 1st prize in the national MOMA Machynlleth Tabernacle Art Competition and, whilst studying A Level Art,
she completed commissions for both her art teacher and former headmaster. After leaving school in 2018 and successfully completing the foundation phase of her Fine Art Degree, Elysia took the step of going it alone after the coronavirus threatened to disrupt the rest of her course; starting up her own art business during a time of change.
Elysia continues to take commissions following the successful completion of her studies at the Realist Academy of Art at Walton Hall in 2021. Furthermore, in a competition hosted by Busy Bees Nursery, her portrait of late founder John Woodward was awarded 2nd place, and will be displayed in Busy Bees’ Singapore Headquarters. Her work appeared twice on Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week and, more recently, she was featured on ITV Wales’ programme ‘Backstage’ and BBC News.