Elsa Sroka is an emerging artist who lives and works in her home state of Colorado. Raised in a large, artistic household by an Italian father and German mother, Sroka recalls being mesmerized early on by the images and shapes around her. Today, she draws her inspiration from organic shapes, architectural forms, texture, layering techniques, and unexpected color combinations.
Sroka has studied at the Denver Art Student under such artists as Andrea Kemp, Michael Gadlin, Jeff Wenzel, Jane Jones, Mitch Caster, Rob Gratiot and Karen Roehl. Adept in figure drawing, collage, encaustic painting, abstract painting, and hyper realistic painting, she works in a wide variety of medium including oils, acrylics, charcoal, plaster, wax, ink, collage and pastels.
Sroka is particularly interested in the interplay of different mediums as well as the challenge of manipulating traditional painting techniques that skew the realistic. Her charming series of animal portraits, Through the Window, illustrates this nicely: the up-close views of her barnyard subjects, rendered naturalistically, appear more like stylistically blurred Polaroid photographs than paintings. This intriguing play on genre and technique demonstrates why Elsa Sroka is becoming a fascinating Western artist to watch.